Monroe County Commission
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a countywide volunteer program designed to foster civic participation by recruiting senior adult volunteers to aid non-profit organizations and other community-based entities in an effort to reach and serve frail seniors, veterans, and children. RSVP volunteers are dedicated to strengthening and insuring Healthy Futures for the citizens of Monroe County by providing complimentary technical assistance, transportation, companionship and other needed volunteer services.
RSVP is an ever-evolving program with over 260 unduplicated volunteers that continue to serve the citizens of this rural county since 1974. RSVP covers a broad spectrum of needs with an emphasis on veterans and military families, environmental stewardship, education, economic opportunity, and disaster services with a primary focus on Healthy Futures. These area of needs serve an overall population of approximately 23,000 people where over 25% live below the poverty level and the current unemployment rate is 14.2%. RSVP, which partners with eight non-profit organizations to combat childhood obesity, malnutrition, , and other serious issues facing frail seniors, veterans, and children. Volunteers work with the local non-profit organizations by setting up clinics, offering access to healthcare, providing nutritional meals, supplying nutritional and educational information to their constituents. RSVP anticipates a positive improvement for individuals within the next three year period. Frail seniors, veterans, and children should see an increase in improved nutritional quality, increased food security alleviating malnutrition and long-term hunger, enhanced access to healthcare, and more opportunities to receive educational information and mentoring assistance.
To accomplish this mission, the Monroe County RSVP is requesting federal funding in the amount of $37,900.00 from CNCS. The Monroe County Commissions provides in-kind space and utilities for the RSVP office. The City of Monroeville, United Way, donations from local merchants combined with RSVP's revenue from concession's sale totals a supplement match of $52,000.00 for the CNCS grant.