ShareCare Faith in Action
Agency Name: ShareCare Faith in Action is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide compassionate and practical services to the elderly and those with special needs.
Proposed # of Volunteers: 420 Dollar Amount requested: $147,000
Service Categories and Community Needs:
Healthy Futures - As our region ages there is an increase in the demand for in-home supports and transportation to help seniors safely age-in-place. Economic Opportunity - Emergency food assistance providers reported a 29% increase in participation from 2008-2009. The National Council on Aging estimates millions of dollar in public benefits go uncollected each year while seniors and persons with disabilities are not receiving the benefits which they are entitled to receive. Environmental Stewardship - Cities and municipalities do not have the resources to conduct long-term stream monitoring programs which are recommended to ensure water quality. Veterans and Military Families - While the Lehigh Valley has one of the largest and heaviest concentrations of veterans, local veterans, returning military and their families are often at a loss as to where to turn for assistance.
Research-based Methods: RSVP will partner with agencies implementing a best practice and/or adhering to research-based methods to achieve their goals. Examples include: Faith in Action and Meals on Wheels; My Medicare Matters LIS Enrollment Program; Bureau of Water Resources Monitoring Program, PHWFF, and DEP.
Anticipated Outcomes: RSVP Volunteers will: increase the number of older adults and persons with disabilities able to safely age-in-place; assist persons who rely on food banks and pantries, or other nonprofit organizations access emergency and/or supplemental food helping reduce food insecurity; assist seniors and adults with a disability identify and access benefits they are entitled to receive thereby increasing their economic security; increase community awareness of and participation in programs that benefit veterans, active military and their families. Stream monitors will help protect water quality in two watersheds totaling 55 stream miles.