RSVP of Rock County, Inc.
RSVP of Rock County, Inc. is an organization providing opportunities for persons 55 and older to volunteer within their community. The mission of RSVP is to enhance the lives of persons aged 55 and older through meaningful service opportunities that match their life skills and interests to community needs. RSVP is proposing that at least 658 volunteers will volunteer in the Rock County, WI and Northern Winnebago County, IL communities. RSVP is requesting $84,480 from the CNCS to achieve our mission. The services categories addressed are Community and Economic Development, Disaster Recovery/Relief, Education, Environment, Health/Nutrition, Homeland Security, Housing, Human Needs, and Public Safety. Community needs addressed are alcohol and other drug awareness, fostering student's comprehension of local and State history, assisting non-profits in fulfilling their missions, providing caring relationships for youth by adults outside of their home to dispel stereotypes of both young people and senior citizens, reading proficiency for elementary students, congregate meal site support which fosters improved nutrition and increases socialization for seniors, delivering meals to homebound seniors, supporting food pantry operations serving the needy, and helping seniors remain independent. Our Intergenerational Programs incorporate research based methods in providing services through our four sub programs achieving reading proficiency by the end of third grade, hands on experiential learning dovetailing with school curriculum, providing safe structured activities during the time of day when children are most vulnerable, and early drug awareness have all been supported by national and local research. Our Community Referrals program uses local and national research to not only help fill community needs but to modify programs has needs change. Our In-Home/Groups program is supported by an array of data showing that active seniors are healthier and obtain a sense of purpose. This is supported by national and local data (i.e. Search Institute, Community Action Surveys). Our outcomes are listed specifically in the work plans section of this application. Generally our projected outcome is to mobilize seniors to help address the ever increasing community needs, reaching thousands of children each school year, assisting over 150 non-profits, and providing donated clothing items to the needy.