HandsOn Northwest North Carolina
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina seeks to become the sponsoring agency for RSVP in Forsyth and Stokes County, working at the request of and in partnership with the current host. HandsOn NWNC's mission of strengthening the community by building the capacity of local organizations and increasing volunteerism in a six-county area that includes Forsyth and Stokes makes it a natural "home" for RSVP. We enjoy the benefits of a strong partnership with the current host, existing relationships with current RSVP stations, a recognized expertise in volunteer management and engagement, and the resources of the national HandsOn Network. HandsOn NWNC plans to engage 600 RSVP volunteers (slightly over 80% of the current number,) in re-aligned stations. Critical community needs within Forsyth and Stokes Counties are identified by Forsyth Futures (a local data-collecting organization that tracks 43 community indicators in 6 areas that align with the RSVP areas,) Second Harvest Food Bank, AARP, the Senior Power Think Tank, and the Area Agency on Aging. These research-based organizations have identified the following critical issues: food insecurity among all ages, medical and general transportation for elderly citizens aging in place, veterans and military support, and educational outcomes. These areas align with the CNCS Core Focus Areas of Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, and Education. HandsOn NWNC is requesting $59,434 in funding from CNCS to continue to implement a RSVP program that engages volunteers 55 and older with these key community issues.