Southwestern Illinois College
7If Illinois Opportunity # 4 is awarded to Southwestern Illinois College District # 522, an estimated 768 RSVP volunteers will assist veterans with getting connected to valuable resources to improve their quality of life, mentor and tutor children in schools, assist patients, organize donations and assist with operations at thrift stores through a network of 120 volunteer stations such as senior centers, hospitals and nursing homes, shelters, food pantries, schools, shelter shops, Veterans' Commissions, VFW Posts, and other organizations throughout St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois. The RSVP program will focus much of its efforts on the Healthy Futures of the seniors and veterans that reside in this service area. The volunteers will provide transportation to and from medical appointments, community educational activities, and events, and will collect and distribute food to homebound frail seniors. The target outcome is to assist 860 frail and homebound seniors to have increased food security through volunteer assistance. At the end of the three-year grant, SWIC RSVP anticipates serving thousands of seniors, veterans and children (including military dependents) in the primary focus area, Healthy Futures. The CNCS federal investment of $91,060 will be supplemented by $39,119 in state of Illinois funding, local funding of $32,678 and $ 13,937 in grantee-share in-kind.