Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – Oct. 2014

SWAT (Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program):  Only 2 hours per week are required, but you can 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.  We need many additional volunteers this school year.  Please help us!  WeÕll train you. Please contact Ron Ausmus at 303-426-4408 or today.

Military Veterans Health and Help Squads:  A program for older (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 and let them know someone cares and is thinking about them.  They could also meet to help with activities, share a meal or attend an event together.  To be placed on a squad, you complete an RSVP enrollment form to help us assign you and tally your monthly hours as a squad member (a requirement of our federal RSVP grant).  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 other vet friends so they can join your squad with you.  Also tell veterans groups you know.  To join a Health and Help Squad contact Tom at (303)426-4408 or for information.

Volunteer for the Adams 12 Totes of Hope Program – The program helps to alleviate child hunger by providing nutritional support over the weekend 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 which typically includes: breakfast items, fruit, vegetables, entrees and healthy snacks.   Food Bank of the Rockies generously donates food for the backpacks.  Volunteers will meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings between 9:30 Ð 11:30 a.m. to pack the backpacks.  Location: Adams 12 Education Support Center at 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.  RSVP is helping to coordinate volunteers.  For information and to volunteer contact Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408 or for information.  Call today!

Disaster Preparedness Team:   Team members tell the public and especially senior citizens how to prepare in advance for natural or other disasters, and discuss steps to take after they happen.  We need several more helpers, and we also need groups and places that want this information.  Call RSVP for details.

Other needs:  (Call for a list.)  General volunteers in schools besides the SWAT Program mentioned above; Senior Hub Meals on Wheels, 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; 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 many other volunteer opportunities.  Find us on Volunteer Match as well.

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

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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