Northwest Community Action Partnership
The Dawes and Sioux County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is well established with a twenty-six year history of providing high quality volunteer opportunities that meet important community needs. The RSVP central office is located in Chadron, NE and a satellite office which serves the City of Crawford and Sioux County is located twenty-three miles to the west in Crawford, NE. The Dawes and Sioux County RSVP have an estimated 256 volunteers that serve their communities. They serve children, home-bound seniors, and the community at large by providing services that allow organizations to operate fully. These services include food collection and distribution, transportation, mentoring, companionship, tutoring, staffing libraries and museums. This is just a sample of the services provided through a network of approximately fifty-six volunteer stations. Volunteer stations are located throughout the service area from schools, hospitals, nursing home facilities, art centers, museums, libraries and faith-based organizations. We have targeted Healthy Futures as our Primary Focus area, specifically 'Aging in Place' and 'Obesity and Food'. The percent of people living below poverty level in the state of Nebraska (2006-2010) is 11.8%, in Sioux County it is 9.4%; and in Dawes County that number jumps to 28%. Additionally the population 65 years and over is 22% for Sioux County and 16.4% for Dawes County (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). Recent discussions with RSVP volunteers that manage local food banks reveal that more people, especially young families with children are utilizing these crucial resources. The CNCS federal investment of $83,778 will be supplemented by the required 30% match from NCAP, local and other in-kind donations or grants. At the end of the 12-month reporting period, the anticipated outcomes in the areas of 'Aging in Place' will show an increase in volunteers serving meals and providing companionship and a greater number of elders reporting increased social ties and/or the ability to remain in their home. The anticipated outcomes for 'Obesity and Food' will show a greater number of individuals reporting increased food security for their families as a result of increased RSVP volunteer activities and training.