Elder Services, Inc.
RSVP will provide volunteers age 55 and older with opportunities to use their life skills and experiences to meet community needs in the areas of Education, Healthy Futures, Capacity Building, Financial Literacy, and a number of other Community Priorities. Sponsored by Elder Services, Inc. (ESI), this grant will provide funding for 435 RSVP volunteers to provide services to 21 schools, non-profit organizations, and community groups in four counties: Johnson, Des Moines, Iowa, and Muscatine.
RSVP's Primary Focus is Education with 180 unduplicated volunteers (43%) participating in four complementary programs aimed at improving the academic performance and educational outcomes of children from kindergarten through junior high school. The school districts in the RSVP service area have faced a number of new challenges in recent years. In addition to more students and crowded classrooms, schools have seen an increase in the number of children receiving free or reduced lunch, more families living at or near poverty, and more students for whom English is a second language. At the end of the 12-month performance period, students will show improvement in all areas of literacy including reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
RSVP volunteers will also serve older and homebound Iowans, families experiencing food insecurity, and others through a number of community-based non-profit organizations. The CNCS federal investment of $71,281 will be supplemented by funds from Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service ($31,173), New Freedom Fund ($45,000), the Iowa Insurance Division ($1,200) and donations from individuals and corporations ($910). Elder Services, Inc. will contribute office space, phone and internet service, printing, postage, meeting room usage, and staff supervision.