Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – May 2016

~ By Tom Rapp, Director Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP at Senior Hub, Inc. ~

Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP finds volunteering for those 55 or better in all of Adams County, and Arapahoe County (east of I-25). Sponsors: Corp. for National & Community Service, and The Senior Hub, Inc. Call Tom Rapp 303-955-6609 or about these and other opportunities.

Current RSVP members in Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP remember that our annual Recognition Luncheon will be on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. If you haven’t phoned us your reservation, please call 303-955-6609 right away and if no one answers leave your reservation on the voice mail. We will then call back to confirm it. Call before May 13. Thanks!

Community Garden Program: Can you give a few hours per week helping our 20 plus community gardens raise fresh produce for area food banks? In 2015 we donated 7.1 tons. Get some fresh air and share the produce in exchange for helping. The garden season begins soon, so please call RSVP today.
Senior Peer Counseling Program: A new program through Community Reach Center will train senior volunteers to help other seniors wanting someone to talk with, listen to their needs and ideas, and be a caring person in their lives. Call RSVP for further information.

Military Vets Health and Help Squads: Be the listening ears and helping hands for other veterans, military members and families. This program is for military vets and/or their spouses (55 or older). Squads of vets/vet spouses visit with squad members by phone, help with activities, share meals and attend events together. Some help at the Colorado Veterans Home. It’s fun! New Men’s and women’s squads are forming. Tell your vet friends so they can join your squad. Call Tom Rapp for information.

RSVP Disaster Preparedness Team: We’re looking for places to present this vital information about being prepared in advance for natural or other disasters. We also need more presenters. Call RSVP.

Aurora Meals on Wheels Program through VOA: Needs friendly/dependable volunteers to make a difference in the lives of home-bound seniors in their communities. Meals on Wheels drivers deliver hot or frozen meals to seniors who appreciate the healthy lunch and comforting smile of a volunteer each delivery day. Delivery routes are available Monday – Saturday and take about one to two hours to complete. Deliver once a week, once a month or as your schedule allows. Call RSVP for contact info.

Help in Adams County Elementaties: Schools Where All Thrive (SWAT) Tutor/Mentors work with 2nd/3rd grade students to improve their reading skills. Our other general elementary tutoring program is also available. We serve Adams 1, 12, 14, 50 and 27J. We know we will need 20-30 new volunteers to replace those who can’t continue next school year. Plan ahead. If you like young kids and have 2 hours a week to help let us know. For SWAT call Ron Ausmus at 303-993-3062 or For the general elementary tutoring program call Tom Rapp at 303-955-6609 or

Other: (Call RSVP)

  • Senior Hub Food Pantry Scheduler/Client Assistance Helper
  • Adams County Museum Event Helpers.
  • Home Care Helpers: for grocery shopping, errands, light housekeeping and visiting in person or by telephone with the homebound.
  • Meals on Wheels: Senior Hub MOW and Brighton MOW Drivers.
  • Adult Day Care: Senior Hub Adult Day Service Meal and Activity Helpers.
  • General: Recycling events helpers; Food bank helpers; Meal site servers; Serving in hospitals or senior centers; Serving on boards and committees; Various short-term opportunities.

Yarn Needed: 4-ply yarn (non-wool) for volunteers making lap robes for nursing homes, homeless shelters, and veterans.