South Alabama Regional Planning Commission
The Escambia County RSVP has operated in rural Escambia County in southwest Alabama, population 38,319, since 1973 and approximately 8 years under its current sponsor, the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission. RSVP estimates 81 unduplicated volunteers will serve in Escambia County such that 31% will be placed in its Primary Focus Area of Healthy Futures; 46% will be placed in the focus areas of Education, Economic Opportunity, Disaster Services, Veterans and Military Families, and Capacity Building; and 23% in Other Community Priorities. A total of 24% of unduplicated CNCS volunteers will provide Outcome based services in Healthy Futures and Education, producing estimated outcomes that 30 volunteers and youth will report receiving better, safe and nutritious food supply and develop a more active and healthier lifestyle; and 150 K-3 students will receive tutoring/coaching and at least 60 will increase reading comprehension. Community Gardens outcome will increase food security and reading buddies will be placed in Escambia County Title I schools with outcomes of increased reading comprehension.
Some 3,900 youth, seniors, disabled and veterans will be served through RSVP volunteers. Volunteers will assist State Health Insurance Program provide information on health insurance, health care access and health benefit programs; and teach health education classes. Other RSVP volunteer activities include Tax Counseling for the Elderly, transportation for veterans, disaster preparedness, capacity building with fundraising for Alzheimer's-Dementia services, and other community priorities of senior centers and Project Lifesaver Tracking bracelets. Volunteer Stations include Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County, Veterans Affairs, Escambia County School System, Area Agency on Aging, Sherriff's Department, libraries, senior centers and the Poarch Creek Indians. The CNCS investment of $37,442 will be supplemented by $38,538.00 in other resources.