National Able Network
RSVP 2013 Competition Appendix A Part 1 Funding Opportunities
National Able Network, Inc. (Able) is a leading national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which assists more than 125,000 individuals annually through the administration of multiple large-scale federal, state, and corporate workforce development programs in five states. One of Able's most successful programs is the Senior Community Service and Employment Program (SCSEP) which Able operates in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Able's SCSEP model is focused on providing both participants and client organizations with valuable experience and service, respectively, and includes varied service assignments as well as skills development training for all participants. Able will use the service model it has developed for the SCSEP to build a service model for the RSVP, utilizing its existing skill and infrastructure to recruit volunteers from the Coos County community, which Able already knows well through its connections with SCSEP and through the Tri-County Community Action Project, and its extensive network of partners in the nonprofit and supportive service organization spaces.
Able's Primary Focus Area will be Healthy Futures, as a response to the demographics and need of Coos County as well as in step with Able's existing service expertise. Since Coos County is home to a large number of seniors, and since its population is largely rural and has incomes well below state levels, there exists a large need in the community. Able will also focus on Veterans and Military Families (due again to organizational experience and to a large per-capita veteran population) and Economic Opportunity (due to the county's low income levels and higher-than-average unemployment rate as well as the fact that this performance area dovetails with Able's core business model, worker training and workforce development). Other community projects will also be designed and implemented, making sure that community input is a high priority in the program model.
Able is confident in the prospect of building a program that satisfies all of the priority areas that CNCS has outlined in this re-competition, due to similar experience in nearly every specific concern, and plans to engage 300 volunteers in pursuing the chosen National Performance Measures. Able requests $68,572.00 for the PY 2013 from CNCS in the pursuit of these goals.