Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – Sept. 2013

Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program (SWAT): When students aren’t reading at grade level by the end of 4th grade they have an 80% chance of not finishing school and dropping out. Our solution is to have teams of (3-5) senior volunteers working with 2nd or 3rd grade students behind in their reading skills for an extended period of time. You’ll give them the help and practice they need while also helping mentor them on productive life skills. We’re already in elementary schools in Adams School Districts 1, 12, 50 and Brighton 27J, and at least 10 more elementary schools have requested help for the next school year. You do the math. We need 30-50 additional volunteers for 2 hours per week. We’re now planning our September training sessions for new volunteers. Call us now! Contact Ron Ausmus at 303-426-4408 or rausmus@seniorhub.org. We need your help. Help us prevent throwaway kids!

New Programs for 2013. If these programs interest you contact Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408 today!

  1.   “Vets Helping Vets” a program to help meet the needs of Veterans and Military Families. Veterans and/or the spouses of vets will assist veterans with meeting their needs while providing companionship.
  2.   Disaster Prep Speakers Bureau to alert the public and especially senior citizens on being adequately prepared for natural or manmade disasters.
  3.   Thornton Recycling Campaign to work with schools and businesses to promote recycling of anything recyclable. Help Keep Thornton Beautiful develop and run this new program to promote recycling and help with recycling events in the City of Thornton.

Meals on Wheels Delivery: Drivers are needed to deliver to clients in Aurora, Brighton, and west Adams County so they won’t remain on waiting lists or go hungry. Other volunteering: Providing in-home/respite care; providing transportation services to homebound/elderly; providing tax preparation assistance for senior citizens; serving at food banks; serving congregate meals; serving in hospitals; serving in senior centers; serving on boards and agency committees. Please donate your 4-ply non-wool yarn for our volunteers who make lap robes for nursing homes.

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 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.

Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP places older volunteers 55 and up in 80 locations across Adams County and in Arapahoe County east of I-25. Call 303-426-4408, or e-mail Tom Rapp at trapp@seniorhub.org for general RSVP information, or rausmus@seniorhub.org about RSVP’s SWAT Tutor/Mentor Program.

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