Shawnee Development Council, Inc.
530 W Washington
Karnak, IL 62956 - 0298
If Illinois Opportunity #8 is awarded to Shawnee Development Council, Inc., an estimated 950 RSVP volunteers will serve within the seven southernmost Illinois counties (Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and Union). The primary focus area our RSVP will address is Healthy Futures. RSVP volunteers will serve children, seniors, veterans, disabled citizens, and low income families who reside in these counties. They volunteer at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, Veterans Home, hospice/friendly visiting; assist with the congregate/home delivered meals; provide transportation to doctor appointments, pharmacy, dialysis/cancer treatments, grocery store, and post office. Volunteers assist with household chores (laundry, vacuuming, changing a light bulb, washing windows), help with yard work (raking leaves, mowing the yard, cleaning up after a storm), provide home repair and maintenance for elderly home owners (fixing a step, putting up a hand rail, repairing a shutter, nailing a loose board, replacing a leaky faucet). They collect and distribute food at food pantries; sort, clean, and price items at thrift stores; sort and re-shelve books at libraries; open and close museums; participate in neighborhood watch groups; take part in blood mobiles, Relay for Life activities, health fairs; fund-raising activities when a family has extreme medical expenses, a tragic accident, lose their home due to fire; working with national organizations after floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. They work closely with community not-for-profit organizations such as: PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), PAST (Promoting Appreciation of Structural Treasures), Mounds National Cemetery, Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Fort Massac (restoration and re-enactments), Trail of Tears, Lincoln/Douglas Debate site, Shawnee National Forrest, Arts & Literature, Cultural Heritage, Historical Societies, etc.
At the end of the 12-month performance period, it is expected that 1,400 individuals will have received assistance. The CNCS federal investment of $66,362 will be supplemented by $43,908 in state funding.