Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (Neon)
RSVP of Southwestern Connecticut serves 8 towns in lower Fairfield Count; Norwalk, New Canaan, Greenwich, Westport, Weston, Wilton ,Darien and Stamford. 255 Volunteers will serve seniors, children, and veterans in this region.
The primary focus area is Healthy Futures. Activities include
transportation for seniors and veterans to medical appointments, telephone reassurance to frail seniors at risk for falls and social isolation, emergency food distributions through food pantries and senior health education programs.
In other focus areas the education activities address improving literacy levels for children at the preschool and K-12 levels.These include reading to pre school children at the NEON Child Development Program, tutoring and mentoring in school and community afterschool programs, and city wide book distributions for children in Norwalk . Economic and financial literacy programs include GED,and Vita Tax preparation. Capacity building includes service at Red Cross blood drives and securing of donations for programs and families in need.
A net work of 38 stations covering all services areas of SW CT serve as sites for activities in all focus areas. Organizations volunteers serve include The Norwalk Senior Services Cordinating Council, Food Pantries serving Norwalk, Stamford and Surrounding areas , the Southwest Area on Aging, Westport, Weston and Wilton Departments of Human Services and Norwalk Reads.
At the end of the performance period, at least 3500 adults and 1500 children will be reached. The CNCS federal investment of $59,814 will be supplemented by $29,792 of non-federal resources. .