Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency (Wages)
Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, Inc. (WAGES) is proposing to be the sponsor organization for the RSVP Program in Wayne County, North Carolina. WAGES is a local non-profit Community Action Agency which plans, develops and administers human service programs designed to meet the needs of the community. WAGES is dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life and health and gain independence. WAGES advocates for the disadvantaged, encourages people to raise their self-esteem through education; provides service and opportunities for volunteerism; and mobilizes community, public and private resources.
WAGES Community Action Agency is requesting sponsorship of a new three-year RSVP grant. This proposal requests funding of $98,094 for 300 RSVP volunteers to address identified needs in the focus areas of Healthy Futures- Independent Living and Veterans and Military Families. The RSVP Program was previously operated in Wayne County by Wayne Community College but was relinquished in 2010, therefore, Wayne County is a geographic area where there is no longer a RSVP project. WAGES is the current grantee for both the Foster Grandparent and the Senior Companion Programs in the county and therefore is very familiar with the mission and expectations of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Healthy Futures- Independent Living is an area of on-going need in Wayne County. A community wide survey by the United Way of Wayne County as well as the WAGES 2012 Community Assessment identified Health and Wellness as a top community priority. With this information as a basis, the RSVP Program will address the Healthy Futures RSVP focus area through the "Congregate Meals" and "Food Security" service categories. Volunteers will be recruited to support the Meals on Wheels Home Delivery Program which promotes the ability of homebound, frail older adults to live independently. The RSVP project will also collaborate with the Senior Centers in Wayne County to provide volunteers for the Congregate Meal Program so that seniors will have access to healthy food resources. The RSVP program will result in 200 senior volunteers delivering meals and providing a daily check for 250 Meals on Wheels recipients as well as 70 senior volunteers assisting 275 clients with congregate meals.
Wayne County is the home of Seymour Johnson Air Force, Base. The 4th Fighter Wing provides worldwide deployable aircraft and personnel capable of executing combat missions of the US Air Force. An on-going deployment schedule results in changes for children and families of active-duty military. The Veterans and Military Families focus area will be addressed through the "Mentoring for Purposes Other than Education" service category. The RSVP project will collaborate with 4-H and other community partners to provide support to youth of active-duty military. Volunteers will be recruited to initiate a mentoring program for the local military 4-H chapter. Through the mentoring program, senior volunteers will provide guidance and leadership to military youth. The RSVP program will result in 30 senior volunteers developing a relationship and providing mentoring for 30 military youth.