Catholic Community Service
The mission of Catholic Community Service (CCS) is "Strengthening families and individuals in Southeast Alaska, with dignity, care, and compassion." In support of this mission, we are requesting $53,132 in funding to support Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers in Juneau, Alaska. While Juneau is Alaska's capitol and its population tends to be well-educated and relatively affluent, the community unfortunately also possesses high rates of alcoholism, poverty, mental illness, suicide, domestic violence, and tensions between various racial and ethnic groups. The United Way of Southeast Alaska Indicators Report (February 2010) identifies 15 key indicators to address social needs, and will serve as the foundation for identifying RSVP work stations and services. Our proposal addresses the focus areas of Healthy Futures and Education through the service category of Human Needs in which we will facilitate and support 100 volunteers in 13 non-profit agency work sites.
Since 1973, CCS has provided high quality, responsive, social services to the residents of Southeast Alaska. CCS is comprised of three service divisions: 1) Child Care and Family Resources; 2) Southeast Senior Services and 3) Hospice and Home Care, and strives to create a better quality of life for those we serve. We are well recognized within the fabric of the community, receiving donations and support from individuals, the City/Borough of Juneau, civic organizations, private businesses, and several State of Alaska divisions including Senior & Disabilities Services, Behavioral Health, and Office of Children's Services, to name a few. As a social service provider across the spectrum of life, we are very familiar with the needs of individuals, children, parents, family caregivers, the poor, and those experiencing either short term or chronic difficulty coping with day-to-day life.
Through the RSVP program, volunteers will be matched with work stations based on their skills, abilities, and interests, and the needs of the work stations and their consumers. This may include service in local schools and other educational venues to promote literacy, school preparedness, leadership, independent living skills, and personal finance management; or working 1:1 with seniors to help them remain as independent as possible, for as long as possible. The latter might involve providing companionship, light house-keeping or home maintenance, recreational activities or transportation to seniors living in their own homes, or service in an adult day program or senior center. We will set individualized goals and outcomes, and regularly measure success or needed improvement through ongoing communication with volunteers, service recipients, and work station supervisors. While we most undoubtedly will not eliminate social needs in our community, we will work to strengthen families and individuals through our most valued asset, senior citizens. Thank you for your consideration of our proposal.