City of Big Spring
The City of Big Spring is in a rural county of 35,012. It has two major highways that intersect it and two things that put us on the map--a State Hospital on one end of town and a VA Hospital on the other end of town. More than fourteen percent of the Big Spring's population is senior adults which has enabled Big Spring to become a recognized "retirement community." Many of the senior residents retired from Webb Air Force Base or have moved here because of Big Spring's low cost-of-living. We have a population of 22.2% below poverty level that includes homeless MHMR patients, and many low-income families. Many of the families moved here to be near a loved one housed at one of Big Spring's four prisons. Other major employers include a refinery, Big Spring State Hospital, VA Medical Center and other health care agencies. There is a broad range of socio-economic factors in the make- up of our small West Texas town. Big Spring RSVP has excellent relationships in our community. We have partnered with non-profit organizations, civic clubs, schools and other governmental agencies. Many organizations call to express a need that RSVP volunteers can uniquely fill. This small community has a giving spirit and a great capacity to work together. As needs are identified, we network to find partners who can contribute to meet that need. We collaborate to bring resources together--to use funding, education, media and volunteers--whatever each has to offer. The RSVP Director, Coordinator, Sponsor and Advisory Council use every opportunity to promote RSVP in the community.