City of Lawton
Lawton RSVP will initially field 251 unduplicated volunteers across its 28 stations.
We are honored to select Veterans and Military Families as our primary focus area. We serve all uniformed members of the armed forces, be they active duty or veteran, and their family members.
Additional populations we have targeted for our continued assistance include the frail, disabled, hospitalized or homebound (especially the elderly), the economically disadvantaged and hungry, and school age children.
Since the program's inception in April 1973, Lawton RSVP volunteers have provided quality time and services to our fellow citizens, military and civilian alike, residing primarily in the Lawton-Fort Sill community, while also reaching out into the more rural areas of Comanche County. Our volunteers provide that essential human connection for many of our elderly who, without these visits, might be truly isolated. The volunteers bring nourishing meals and boxes of food, engage folks in conversation, play cards or board games with them, read aloud to them, write letters to loved ones for some of them.
The 24 members of our Vietnam Veterans of America RSVP station attend every Soldier departure or homecoming ceremony at Fort Sill, regardless of the time of day or the weather.
The new Lawton RSVP Director, a certified English teacher with a background in honors math and a minor in Spanish, is intrigued at the prospect of developing a pool of volunteers who will mentor and tutor school age children in order to improve their literacy and math skills. Further, she envisions the possibility of recruiting additional RSVP volunteers to serve this culturally-diverse community as translators -- be they Spanish, German, Tagalog or some other foreign language speakers.
Our budget estimate for the first year of this grant totals $117,720.00, with $22,456.00 in federal funds, and the remaining portion a combination of State of Oklahoma ($28,012.00) and City of Lawton ($67,252.00) dollars.