Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council
The sponsoring organization for the RSVP is the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Planning and Development Council (MOVRC). The MOVRC also sponsors a Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program in the state of WV. The MOVRC was created by legislative action in 1971 as one of elven planning and development councils in the State of West Virginia. The MOVRC mission is to provide planning, economic and community development assistance in the eight county region and to promote volunteering, through the joint welfare of the citizens.
Through the RSVP grant we are anticipating 500 volunteers serving in many focus areas. The total budget is $103,570, with $58,026 in federal funds requested and $45,544 in non-federal funds. The 22 station sites are located in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Roane and Wood Counties in West Virginia. These counties have a large elderly population, where many are in poor health and homebound, small children and veterans that are being served.
The primary focus area to be addressed will be "Healthy Futures". The community needs and methods to address the needs and their outcomes include: 154 RSVs will assist at the senior centers. The seniors volunteer and help others to keep active and enjoy life, eat healthy and remain independent. According to the U.S. Census, WV has 16.2% of the population over 65 years old. Seniors volunteer at the site, take advantage of meals, computer classes, exercise and companionship. Rural citizens like their senior centers for a hot meal and companionship, making them healthier and more sociable. Five senior centers have modern exercise equipment rooms. Volunteers maintain the exercise room, and one center has a swimming pool and pool maintenance is done by volunteers. Volunteers will assist at the site for the WV Fresh produce vouchers to assure all seniors will have access to local fresh fruits and vegetables.
An estimated 100 senior citizens per week will take advantage of the exercise groups, and will have been given nutrition information and ways to provide a healthy lifestyle at 7 placement sites.