Avera St. Mary's Hospital
APPLICANT:Avera St. Mary's Hospital VOLUNTEERS: 260 # OF STATIONS: 85
FEDERAL FUNDING: $63,637 ($15,909 for 3 months) NONFEDERAL RESOURCES: $45,793
($11,856 for 3 months)
PRIMARY FOCUS AREA: Healthy Futures: H8-H9; H11-H12; Education: ED2
COMMUNITY: Avera St. Mary's is the area's only hospital in its 8-county service area. Our mission is to ensure quality health care in central South Dakota now and in the future. Initiated in 1995, Central SD RSVP currently supports 78 stations and 311 volunteers across 5 frontier counties.
NEEDS: Strategic planning in 2011, delineated key areas for supporting individuals from birth through elder years. Efforts are concentrated in access to food, sustaining elder independence and literacy. Secondarily, local RSVP efforts support critical nonprofits struggling to fill the gap in volunteerism exacerbated by difficult economic conditions.
ACTIVITIES: Central SD RSVP will place volunteers in the following activities. Healthy Futures, Obesity and Food: 90 volunteers will increase access to food through work at the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Food Pantry, Feeding South Dakota, Winner Ministerial Association and others. Healthy Futures, Aging in Place, will provide transportation, home visits, meals and other supports to help seniors maintain their independence. Services will be provide through 80 volunteers and a network of 13 stations. Education will be supported through 60 tutors and the Reading Buddies program in three schools.
OUTCOMES: At the end of the 12-month performance period, the following outcomes will be achieved: H9: An increased number of homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities served through the program will report having increased social ties/perceived social support. H12: An increased number of individuals served through the program will report improved food security for themselves and/or their children as a result of food pantry services.