Mobile County Commission
The Mobile County Commission has sponsored RSVP since 1993. The Commission is a governmental entity with three County Commissioners that makes daily decisions to enhance the County's infrastructure and the area's economic, shipping and seafood industries. Mobile RSVP began in Mobile in 1971 and is now in its 40th year. RSVP will maintain 500 unduplicated volunteers who will assist 98 volunteer stations. Stations have been developed to give volunteers a broad choice of opportunities in community priorities including those with leadership opportunities. RSVP of Mobile County will adapt to specific CNS focus areas in Education, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity and Disaster Services.
The primary focus of this project is Healthy Futures. Volunteers with service activities to help homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities with food delivery, transportation, access to free medications through the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy and companionship so that they can live independently. They will help to provide respite care through adult day care programs and a Hospice program in the home. Volunteers will help to establish a community garden at a low income senior residence and will place volunteers with the SNAP program at the Bay Area Food Bank to spread the word that many seniors are eligible for food stamps. They will help with a local rape crisis hotline and distribute health information on Benefits Check-up, the Yellow Dot Program, Widowed Persons Services and Community Health Advisor to reduce the incidence of breast, cervical and ovarian cancers. They will help to prevent elder abuse through the Volunteer Guardian program. Volunteers will help with health education programs in Medicare Fraud, SHIP, Look Good Feel Better, NAMI and will lead classes in Matter of Balance and Living Well. At the end of the three year grant, RSVP anticipates that the outcomes of the chosen performance measures will be 14 in Healthy Futures helping at Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy to help people to get free medications; 25 volunteer in Education K-12 to improve literacy; 6 volunteers helping pre-school children get ready for school and 6 volunteers to mentor children so that they will have increased academic achievement..
Mobile's fiscal year has been changed from an October through September time period to April through March. Our request for federal funding is $57,500 to be supplemented by $104,188 in non-federal resources from the sponsor, Mobile County Commission, the City of Mobile, State of Alabama and local fund-raising.