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  • Posted on Feb 11, 2016

    Rebecca is confined to a wheelchair and has some difficulty speaking due to her Cerebral Palsy. Three days a week, however, she has been a devoted volunteer for the Salinas Family YMCA in California for over two years. She greets people with a wonderful smile and her entire body, joking with “the regulars” and exemplifying the kind of welcoming atmosphere that YMCA wishes to offer its communities.

    “I wanted to do different kinds of work and to help people,” said Rebecca when asked why she chose to volunteer with the Salinas Community YMCA. Working at the YMCA “makes me very happy. I have a lot of friends. I help people out. People are nice to me. I have Cerebral Palsy and I am in a wheelchair. I have a speech problem.” Because of the Y, “I’m more comfortable talking with other people. The YMCA has given me more self confidence. I’m more comfortable with people. My mom is happy that I work at the YMCA.”

    This spring, Rebecca made a step toward independence and moved into an apartment with a roommate. After working at the Y for a while, “it made me think. Think I could live on my own.”

    “Rebecca helps us achieve our goal to build positive relationships with the members we see each day,” says Dave Kretsinger, executive director. “Our members look forward to seeing and interacting with Rebecca. She comes to work with a positive attitude and is a role model for other staff members. Rebecca and our members celebrate holidays, birthday and...

  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Project is a collaboration between the Dartmouth YCMA and the Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts, a program of the United Way. Derek Heim, Executive Director of the Dartmouth YMCA, signed on as a part of the summer service initiative which President Obama announced in June in an effort to get more volunteers for this effort. In these tough economic times, the demand on local food pantries is greater than ever.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    From the moment I began my term of service with AmeriCorps in October, it became apparent to me that all over the country, people were going to be looking for new ways to deal with hunger, and my community of Binghamton, NY was no different.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    I am a volunteer with RSVP because of events that happened in my life. I am a product of the Military. I served approximately thirty-three years in the Army. My assignments include duty with a number of Special Forces Units, the Institute for Military Assistance and several Army Airborne Divisions. Following my Military Service, I worked as a contractor in a remote area of Africa. This was followed by approximately twelve years with the Department of State in the Foreign Service. I am fortunate in that throughout all of these jobs I was never ill and took any medication.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    Students at Von Steuben High School painted a 15-foot mural depicting their experiences at Foster Beach in Chicago. The mural is a daily reminder of more than six years of monthly stewardship and seasonal adventures.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    UPS human resource employees had an opportunity to spend an afternoon working with Women on the Rise, an organization that supports parenting and early childhood education.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    RSVP Senior Corps volunteers began a new partnership with the US Army by assisting the Arsenal Island Disaster Drill. On August 13th, 18 RSVP volunteers participated in a disaster drill at the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island between Davenport and Rock Island in the Mississippi. Volunteers participated as victims in a simulated poisonous gas release. They went through triage on site then were transported to hospitals on both sides of the river. Afterwards several answered questions about their experience.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    Butte, Montana RSVP volunteers are enjoying their summer volunteer activities. One of our summer programs was at the Sunshine Kiwanis residential camp. This camp provides a residential summer camp program with a five day sessions for children from ages 7 – 11. The Butte Silver Bow Kiwanis Camp has been existence for the past 64 years.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    Andrea W. knows a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Andrea, a guidance counselor at Vero Beach Elementary School, decided to turn her summer off into a summer of service. Not knowing what type of service she wanted to perform, Andrea joined the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Indian River County. Through RSVP she found the Social Entrée Meals program at the Senior Resource Association.
  • Posted on Sep 2, 2009
    This summer (2009) was a hot, exciting and challenging summer for the Interfaith Partnership/ Faith Beyond Walls St. Louis Interfaith Community Exploitations (SLICE) program. Interfaith Partnership/ Faith Beyond Walls works with congregations and faith communities to promote peace, understanding and respect among people of all faiths and within the greater Saint Louis metro area.
  • Posted on Sep 2, 2009
    "Move over. Let me show you a man-portion! These men are big. You need to give 'em more chili." Listening to the expert, I forfeit the chili ladle from my latex-ed hands and back away.

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