Coles County Council on Aging
An estimated 280 RSVP volunteers will serve economically disadvantaged families, children, frail older adults, the disabled, veterans and their families, and other at-risk citizens of Coles County. Our primary focus will be in Healthy Futures. These volunteers will serve those in our community requiring emergency food, supporting local food pantries and soup kitchens by volunteerism, and organizing food drives to keep the local food supply at safe operating levels. In other primary focus areas, volunteers will provide health education through instructional exercise and strength training to the frail. RSVP volunteers will work with children to teach them better eating habits and coping skills in school, combined with the benefits of physical activity. They will work one-on-one with seniors, retirees, and the disabled, providing information on health insurance, health care access and lower prescription costs. The locations (volunteer stations) will be this county's two largest food pantries, Soup Stop (the local soup kitchen), The Salvation Army, the LifeSpan Center, American Cancer Society, and the Illinois Department of Insurance (SHIP). The outcome from this investment will be improved emotional and physical health of those in need by fulfilling the basic need of food for the hungry. Other results will be a healthier, more confident, and better socially adjusted student population. The community will see a stronger, vital and more active senior population. Retirees will achieve better health and see financial savings because of lower medical costs, free preventative health services and lower prescription costs. There will be approximately 26 locations (volunteer stations) working with Coles County RSVP. This will be accomplished by funding from a CNCS federal investment of $47,027, and supplemented by $23,367 of non-federal local resources.