Catholic Charities of Broome County
Binghamton, NY 13905 - 2610
The RSVP Project of Broome County has 520 unduplicated volunteers serving in 33 stations through out the County. The Healthy Futures Primary Focus Area is the priority of the project. Volunteers serve as osteoporosis prevention exercise leaders for seniors and lead free one-hour exercise classes two or three times a week in various community locations including senior centers, faith-based organizations and town halls. Participants report increased physical activities and improved eating habits. As Peer Educators for Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs for seniors and veterans and their families, volunteers facilitate the evidence based six week workshops meeting weekly for two and a half hours each session; to teach self-management skills at various locations in the community including senior housing complexes, the Vet Center, senior centers and faith-based organizations. A minimum of four workshops are held annually. Participants report improved health behaviors. Telephone reassurance volunteers for frail and/or isolated seniors make an average of 12-15 calls per week from their homes. Clients report feeling more secure receiving daily telephone reassurance calls. Volunteers for the shopper program serve frail/homebound seniors in their homes by grocery shopping for them and clients report the program helps them to remain living independently. RSVP volunteers deliver Meals-on Wheels to elderly and disabled individuals to help them remain living independently in their homes. Food pantry volunteers serve individuals and families experiencing a food emergency. Additionally, RSVP volunteers serve in community priority areas through out the county in such activities as the "Kids Keeping Kids Warm" coat drive for needy children and the "Thanksgiving & Christmas Basket" sign ups for low income residents. RSVP of Broome County is seeking $59,896 in Federal funds and $61,442 in non-federal funding.