Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – Nov. 2014

Senior Tax Preparation Volunteers:  Adams County will again be operating the Senior Tax Assistance Program to help seniors prepare their tax forms.  Many volunteers are needed to help with this program and training will be done just before tax season.  Plan to help, and call us now to get started and to receive contact information.  Call Tom at 303-426-4408 or

Senior Hub Meals on Wheels (MOW) is critically short on drivers meaning some folks may not get to benefit from this important meal delivery program.  Can you help us?  Please call Tom at RSVP today!

SWAT (Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program):  Only 2 hours per week are required, but you will make a huge difference in the success or failure of young students.  Teams of volunteers work with 2nd or 3rd grade students behind in reading in school districts Adams 1, 12, 50 and Brighton 27J.  Our next training will take place in January, but contact Ron Ausmus now to get more details, and to let him know of your interest.  You can reach him at 303-426-4408 or

Military Veterans Health and Help Squads:  A program for (55 or older) military veterans and/or their spouses.  Squads of 4-5 vets/vet spouses share short weekly phone visits with the 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.  Tell your other vet friends so they can join a squad with you.  And please mention this to any veterans groups you belong to.  To join a Health and Help Squad contact Tom at (303)426-4408 or

Adams 12 Totes of Hope Program: This program helps to alleviate child hunger by providing nutritional support over weekends and during school holidays to children who are either homeless or from low-income families facing food insecurity.  They get a 9-10 lb. backpack with breakfast items, fruit, vegetables, entrees and healthy snacks donated by Food Bank of the Rockies.  Volunteers meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to pack the backpacks.  Location: Adams 12 Education Support Center at 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.  RSVP helps to coordinate volunteers.  For information call Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408 or

Disaster Preparedness Team:   Team members alert the public and especially senior citizens on how to be prepared for natural or other disasters.  We’re also looking for locations to present this important information. Call RSVP for details.  We can use more team members for these presentations as well.

Home care: Senior Hub’s Home Care department volunteers provide grocery shopping, run errands, do light housekeeping, offer business help or simply friendly visits and telephone reassurance to those who are home-bound.  Call RSVP for information.

Other needs:  Volunteers in schools besides the SWAT Program mentioned above; Aurora MOW and Brighton MOW drivers are needed.  Senior Hub needs a Food Pantry Assistant 4 hours twice a week.  Senior Hub Adult Day service in Northglenn needs helpers at mealtimes and to help with activities during the day.

Additional needs: Recycling event helpers; helping at food banks; serving congregate meals; serving in hospitals or senior centers; serving on boards and committees.  Call RSVP for a full list.

Yarn Needed:  Donate 4-ply, non-wool yarn for our volunteers who make lap robes for nursing homes.

Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP finds volunteer spots for those 55 and up in Adams County and Arapahoe County east of I-25. Contact Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408 or for information.  RSVP is sponsored by a federal agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and locally by The Senior Hub, Inc.

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