New Opportunities, Inc.
400 RSVP volunteers will serve. 200 or 50% of these volunteers will serve in New Opportunities' RSVP's primary focus area to build a "Healthy Future" for the most vulnerable in our community by delivering Meals on Wheels, providing medical transportation, health education and money management services to frail elders and by distributing emergency food to low-income individuals and families. RSVP volunteers will also provide supportive services to veterans; tutor underachieving students; assist local non-profits to build their capacity to meet community needs; and aid economically disadvantaged individuals with job readiness through literacy and computer training and "dress for success" clothing distribution. RSVP volunteers will also assist individuals and families with limited income by providing free tax preparation assistance. These activities will be accomplished through a network of 31 volunteer stations in the Central Naugatuck Valley and Litchfield Hills/Northwest CT regions such as Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens/emergency food pantries, FISH, schools, Literacy Volunteers, veteran service organizations, Area Agency on Aging, senior centers and other local partners focused on meeting community needs.
At the end of the 3 year grant, the outcome of New Opportunities, Inc. RSVP activities in the Healthy Futures focus area will be measured by surveying recipients of services provided by 163 volunteers (40% of total unduplicated volunteers). It is anticipated that 210 (90%) of 230 homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities who receive medical transportation, money management services and meal delivery will report having increased social ties/perceived social support. 350 individuals will receive emergency food from food banks, food pantries or soup kitchens. 60 individuals with chronic health conditions will participate in the "Live Well" health education program.
The CNCS federal investment of $125,322 will be supplemented by $54,690 in non-federal resources.