City of Thomasville
Southwest Alabama RSVP covers the six Alabama counties of Clarke, Choctaw, Dallas, Marengo, Washington and Wilcox. These counties cover more than 6,000 square miles in very rural and economic stricken Southwest Alabama. Our RSVP organization has 218 active senior volunteers.
If this grant is approved, Southwest Alabama RSVP will provide: tutoring, recycling, food collection/distribution, transportation, thrift stores, nursing home and senior center activities, cultural heritage, disaster training and assistance, mentoring youth, library services and veterans assistance, through a network of 25 stations such as senior centers, nursing homes, schools, visitor centers, municipal buildings, American Legion Posts, VFW and EMA offices. The primary focus area of this period is Healthy Futures. At the end of the 12 month performance period, Southwest Alabama RSVP Volunteers will have reported more than 40,000 hours of service. The CNCS federal investment of $75,803 will be supplemented by $52,002.00 non-federal resources for the grant period of April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
The City of Thomasville is the sponsoring agent for Southwest Alabama RSVP. Thomasville is a municipality in the northern most part of Clarke County, Alabama. At the 2010 census the population was 4,209. The growing economy of Thomasville is largely based on retail trade and the service sector, with the city serving as a regional commercial hub. Its trade area is much larger than is indicated by its small population. In recent years the steel and copper industry has navigated to this rural area of Alabama opening 2 new mills and a 3rd in the process of construction. The City's mission is to serve the residents of Thomasville, police jurisdiction, and RSVP service area.
Our senior volunteers, with there many years of experience and knowledge, continue to touch the lives of the young and old in their communities and in turn help themselves to stay active and alert. Feeling needed is an important part of a healthy aging process and Southwest Alabama RSVP has some of the healthiest and most active seniors in the country with an average age of 76.