Neosho County Community College
The Southeast Kansas RSVP program, sponsored by Neosho County Community College, will engage 140 RSVP volunteers to address a broad range of community and regional needs, including support for those needing emergency food, assistance with blood drive needs, service to a homeless shelter, clothing assistance for veterans and families, and intergenerational projects as well as conducting capacity building activities. The primary focus area of this project will be Healthy Futures. Individuals requiring emergency food, including low income families and children, the unemployed, homeless, veterans and elderly on fixed incomes will be served by 50 volunteers in 4 stations in Bourbon, Allen and Neosho counties in Kansas. Expansion of volunteers to a food pantry is also planned for Yates Center in Woodson County. Volunteers will collect donations, shop for or receive and sort food items brought to the pantry, prepare food bags for recipients, and assist in record keeping and data collection related to these services. Volunteers will provide Food Security Program Information in order that household members increase active, healthy living strategies through access to nutritionally adequate and safe foods acquired through acceptable means. Additionally, volunteers will support fund-raising efforts of these food banks, conduct routine building maintenance and assist in scheduling volunteers. These services will occur through a network of 4 volunteer stations at local food pantries operated by the Beacon, a nonprofit resource center in Fort Scott, a ministerial alliance church in Iola, and two churches in Chanute. At the end of the 12-month performance period, 42% will report increased food security for themselves and their children as a result of the food pantry services. The program will place 37 volunteers in one station to provide veterans and families affordable clothing; 8 volunteers at a homeless shelter to assist homeless in finding permanent housing, 9 volunteers in 8 stations to support capacity building via blood drives and intergenerational activities; and 36 volunteers in 10 stations to support the community priority via the school greeter program. The CNCS federal investment of $ 51,488 will be supplemented by $ 25,744 in local resources.