Senior Services of Central Illinois
RSVP of Sangamon, Menard and Logan Counties is sponsored by Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc. (SSCI). SSCI is a not-for-profit corporation that specializes in non-medical services to seniors, age 50 or better living in Sangamon, Logan, Mason and Menard counties. For 45 years, SSCI has successfully helped senior citizens maintain their independence and avoid premature institutionalization. A wide array of programming is offered at the Springfield Senior Center on a daily basis to aid in positive physical and mental health. In fiscal year 2012 alone, SSCI served over 43,266 seniors with over 270,248 units of service. SSCI has also been the local RSVP sponsoring agency for over 40 years.
Although the RSVP program has experienced a decline in volunteers during FY12 due to the impacts of the economy on our volunteers, change in Project Directors as well as the transition to the new program focus areas it is our hope that we will have at least 376 unduplicated volunteers actively serving our community at more than 60 volunteer stations. Volunteers will serve programs that support older adults, low income seniors, homebound seniors, disadvantaged youth, public school children, homeless individuals as well as veterans and military families.
Due to the many programs that SSCI has in place to keep seniors active and living independently the main focus area for RSVP will be Healthy Futures. Volunteers will deliver meals to homebound and/or older adults through the Daily Bread Nutrition program as well as the local American Red Cross' Meals on Wheels program. Other volunteers in this focus area will provide education on how to maintain gardens to provide nutritious food as well as assisting local foodbanks to collect, package and distribute food for emergency needs. All service activities in this focus area will have the goal of increasing the ability of local seniors to remain within their own homes with the same or improved quality of life for as long as possible as well as provide food security in the community during times of emergency need.
Volunteers will also support programs in the other CNCS focus areas including Education, Veterans and Military Families, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity as well as Disaster Services. Through these initiatives, we will help to address the following needs in our community: community garden restoration, recycling projects, disaster preparedness/recovery, adult education and computer literacy, veterans and military families' programs/assistance and tutoring/mentoring. Volunteers will also support Community Needs such as the medical district, senior center programming, tourism and the arts which are all core aspects of our community.
RSVP participates in Days of Service in partnership with Foster Grandparents and AmeriCorps members. For 9/11 80 volunteers from the related programs packed 1,000 basic disaster preparedness kits for homebound, older adults and veterans in the community. All donations were solicited through the RSVP program, which included non-perishable food, safety items and basic first aid supplies. Recipients of the disaster kits were asked to pay it forward by sending a letter or card to thank an active military member for their service. For MLK Day RSVP will partner with FGP as well as the other IL RSVP programs to have a food drive for the local community foodbanks. RSVP also plans media and special events throughout Senior Corps Week to promote CNCS and all Senior Corps programs.
We are requesting $39,344 in federal funding to carry-out our volunteer activities in Sangamon, Menard and Logan Counties. Remaining non-federal funds of $25,364 will be provided by the Illinois Department on Aging and another $5,545 will be raised from local donations and fundraising. In total, $70,253 will be used to support 376 or more volunteers in the community.