New Orleans Council on Aging
An estimated 320 RSVP volunteers will serve in RSVP New Orleans (Orleans Parish) under the primary focus area of veterans and military families. They will assist veterans with housing searches, job training programs, provide financial literacy education, assist veterans with access to state and federal benefits, and support veterans with mental health access. They will serve a network of 25 volunteers stations such as the Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans Transitional Housing Program, the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLHCS), and Unity for the Homeless of New Orleans. RSVP Volunteer Stations in other focus areas and in community priorities will include the New Orleans Council on Aging, the Jewish Community Center-Respite Program, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Start the Adventure in Reading, the American Red Cross of Greater New Orleans, and New Orleans City Hall.
At the end of the 12-month performance period, RSVP of New Orleans will have assisted economically disadvantaged veterans, including homeless veterans, with transitioning into safe, healthy affordable housing; assisted economically disadvantaged veterans with job training and other skill development services. They will have increased the number of veterans placed in jobs and supported veterans with access to health care with a special emphasis on mental health care. RSVP of New Orleans volunteers will also serve meals to participants at senior centers, work as docents at local museums, provide tutoring to students reading below grade level, assist families in securing safe and affordable housing, help New Orleans residents with emergency preparedness and response, train seniors on ways to reduce falls in their homes, assist seniors at respite programs, and collect and distribute food to needy families and individuals in the New Orleans community. The CNCS federal investment of $102,633 will be supplemented by $43,985 of non-federal resources.