Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – May 2014

Annual RSVP Recognition Lunch – May 21, 2014 Adams County Fairgrounds 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Current RSVP volunteers in Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP are invited to attend this event. Lunch is free for current volunteers and $8.00 for their guests. Phone reservations to Tom Rapp at 303-955-6609 before May 16th.

Military Veterans Health and Help Squads: A new program for senior military veterans and/or spouses. Squads of 5-6 vets/vet spouses make short weekly phone calls to the other members of their squad to let them know someone cares and is thinking about them. They might also meet to help with activities, share a meal or attend an event together. To be placed on a squad, you just complete an RSVP enrollment form to help us assign you and tally your monthly hours as a squad member. We’ll have Health and Help Squads in: Aurora; Brighton; Commerce City; Federal Heights-Westminster-Southwest Adams; Northglenn – Thornton; Eastern Plains (Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers and Deer Trail). We ask for an “enlistment period” of 3-6 months so squad members will have time to build friendships. We’ll provide conversation tips. Tell your vet friends so they can join a squad with you. And pass this to veterans groups you know. While helping others you’ll be helped yourself. To join a Health and Help Squad near you call (303)955-6609. If we’re out, please leave a number and a time we can reach you.

Disaster Preparedness Team: Team members inform the public and especially senior citizens how to be prepared for and deal with natural or other disasters. We need several more helpers. Call RSVP for info.

Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program: We place teams of volunteers with 2nd or 3rd grade students behind in reading. We’re serving in Adams 1, 12, 50 and Brighton 27J. Help us help kids! We need more volunteers in each district. 2 hours per week are required. We’re currently planning training sessions for new volunteers. Call Ron Ausmus at 303-426-4408 or today!

RSVP Recycling Volunteers: Help with upcoming recycling events. Help Keep Thornton Beautiful and Thornton schools, churches and businesses to promote recycling. Call RSVP for details.

Senior Hub Meals on Wheels has open routes needing drivers, and needs someone to help with assessment of MOW applicants for eligibility. MOW drivers are also needed in Aurora and Brighton. Senior Hub needs a Food Pantry Assistant 4 hours twice a week. Senior Hub Adult Day service needs helpers at mealtimes and to help with activities during the day. Other volunteer needs: Community garden helpers, transportation services for homebound/elderly; in-home/respite care; helping at food banks; serving congregate meals; serving in hospitals; helping in senior centers; serving on boards and agency committees. Call us to discuss these and other current volunteer opportunities.

Yarn Needed: Donate 4-ply non-wool yarn so our volunteers can make lap robes for nursing homes etc.

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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