Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – Jan. 2014

Senior Tax Preparation Assistance Program. Tax season is coming and many volunteers are needed for this program that helps seniors prepare their taxes. Training is in January. Contact RSVP now!

Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program (SWAT): Help us prevent throwaway kids! Students not reading at grade level by the end of 4th grade have an 80% chance of not finishing school and dropping out. We place teams of senior volunteers to work with 2nd or 3rd grade students behind in their reading skills. You’ll help them practice reading and mentor them in productive life skills. Only 2 hours per week are required. We’re serving elementary schools in Adams Districts 1, 12, 50 and Brighton 27J. We need many more volunteers in each of these districts, but particularly in Brighton. We’re planning our early January training sessions for new volunteers, so it’s critical that you contact Ron Ausmus at 303-426-4408 or today for information and to help these kids!

New RSVP Programs that need special volunteers. Please call us today!

  1.  “Vets Helping Vets” a program to help meet the needs of older Veterans. Vets 55 or older and/or their spouses will assist other veterans with cleaning, shopping, reading, etc. while providing companionship. We also need volunteers willing to help us on the steering group for this program.
  2.  Disaster Prep Speakers Team to alert the public and especially senior citizens on the preparation needed for disasters. After the recent floods this is very timely, and we need help in our speaking events.
  3.  Thornton Recycling Volunteer Team will work with Keep Thornton Beautiful and Thornton schools and businesses to promote recycling in the City of Thornton. This will be a lot of fun! Help us promote recycling and help with our periodic recycling events.

Senior Hub Volunteers. A front desk receptionist volunteer is needed on Friday afternoons and a food pantry assistant is needed for 4 hours twice a week. Contact Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408.

Meals on Wheels Delivery: Drivers are needed to deliver meals in Aurora, Brighton, and west Adams County so those on waiting lists won’t go hungry.

Adams County Food Bank (Commerce City area) Get good exercise by helping unload the food delivery trucks at the food bank. Several helpers are needed. Call RSVP for more information.

Other volunteering: Transportation services for homebound/elderly; in-home/respite care; helping at area food banks; serving congregate meals; serving in hospitals; helping in senior centers; serving on boards and agency committees. Call us to discuss the many current volunteer needs. Also: Please donate your good 4-ply non-wool yarn so our volunteers can make lap robes for nursing homes etc.

Missing Out On Benefits? Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries in Adams County are eligible but not enrolled in Medicare Savings and Low Income Subsidy programs. Call Senior Hub at 303-426-4408 to schedule an appointment to see if you qualify. We also need volunteers for this program. You’ll be trained to provide enrollment assistance for Medicare Savings and Low Income Subsidy Programs; follow-up on choosing prescription drug coverage and other benefits. You’ll help 4 hours, one day/week.

By Tom Rapp, Director Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP at Senior Hub, Inc.
Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP places volunteers 55 and older in locations across Adams County and Arapahoe County (east of I-25). Call 303-426-4408, or e-mail for information.

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