C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation, sponsoring agency for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is a Community Action Agency (CAA) that is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit corporation striving to meet the needs of the economically disadvantaged by developing, implementing and evaluating social service programs designed to meet the needs of the people in the service delivery area. Our mission is to provide opportunities for people through education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. The agency motto is "Helping People. Changing Lives."
RSVP serves Clay, Effingham, Moultrie and Shelby counties in rural central Illinois. An estimated 320 volunteers will serve in the communities in which they live. RSVP volunteers will deliver meals to home-bound seniors, collect canned goods, stock shelves and serve consumers at food pantries, provide senior companionship, offer transportation services for seniors who no longer drive and assist them with errands and medical appointments so that they may continue to live independently. Additional activities that RSVP volunteers will participate in are tutoring elementary students through the reading program, tutoring adults through the Literacy Center, and other miscellaneous activities through a network of 99 stations such as senior nutrition sites, schools, churches, food pantries, and outreach offices. RSVP volunteers will serve frail seniors, children, low income families, mentally and physically disabled persons and veterans.
The primary focus area of this project is Healthy Futures. At the end of the 3 year performance period, an anticipated 150 volunteers will deliver meals to 200 unduplicated home-bound seniors within the four county service area through 13 stations. The CNCS federal investment of $40,052 will be supplemented by $26,544. 00.