City of Kosciusko
Attala County RSVP aims to maintain 200 unduplicated active volunteers in service. RSVP volunteers will partner with 19 sites to enhance their ability to better serve the community. The program has developed partnerships with the Kosciusko/Attala Development Corporation in operating the Welcome Center and working community events; the Kosciusko City Schools in tutoring and education; the Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club in mentoring; the MS State Veterans Home in activities for veterans; the American Cancer Society in community fundraising; Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital, Attala County Nursing Center, and Atwood Personal Care Home in activities and companionship for the elderly; the Kosciusko Fire Department in checking on the elderly in their home; Helping Hands Ministry and the Lion's Club in distributing food and clothing, along with managing a thrift store; the Attala County Library by supporting the summer reading program; MSU Extension Services in multiple sewing projects; and the Nutrition Site in serving meals, management support, and fellowship.
The primary focus area of this project is Healthy Futures. At the end of twelve months, poverty level individuals will have access to nutrition to help alleviate their household food shortage. By volunteers partnering through food service projects, organizations expect to increase access to an estimated 1200 people in Attala County. The Kosciusko Fire Department will help ten homebound/elderly citizens maintain their independence safely. The American Heart Association will be able to provide educational material to more citizens at risk of heart disease.
The RSVP started in Attala County, Mississippi in 1972. The City of Kosciusko has been the legal sponsor since 1974. The current proposed budget for the fiscal year is $67,235 which is composed of $27,836 in CNCS federal funds and supplemented by $39,399 in local non-Federal matching funds ($18000 City of Kosciusko, $9220 Attala County Board of Supervisors, and $12179 In-Kind).