National Association of RSVP Directors (NARSVPD)
Martin Luther King Service Day Initiative 2012
The National Association of RSVP Directors, Inc. (NARSVPD) will provide subgrants to RSVP programs to promote Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Support for our Military Members and their families. RSVP is America's largest network of volunteer programs for people age 55 and over. Currently RSVP engages nearly 400,000 people in a broad range of service activities.
In alignment with the CNCS Strategic Plan, NARSVPD will focus on providing subgrants to RSVP programs that engage their local communities in an effort to express appreciation to the military, military families and/or veterans. Working in partnership with Blue Star Families, RSVP projects will mobilize their communities to participate in Operation Appreciation. Through this innovative program, members of the community are giving the opportunity to express thanks, good wishes and encouragement to military members and their families.
Subgrants will be competitively awarded to 35 - 45 RSVP programs in amounts of $500 to $1000. With assistance from community organizations and RSVP Advisory Councils each project will recruit community members to meet our goals of increasing the number of military families who report feeling that the general public does appreciate the sacrifices made by service members and their families, mobilize 10,000 community members to provide expressions of appreciation to military members and to provide 20,000 hours of service in honor of these military members.
NARSVPD will serve as the lead agency to provide these subgrants to RSVP projects. NARSVPD has experience in managing national projects and federal grants. From 2003-2006 NARSVPD managed a federal contract to provide the President's Volunteer Service Awards to RSVP programs and from 2007-2010 NARSVPD managed a federal contract to provide peer-to-peer mentoring for new RSVP, Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Project Directors.