A.C.E. OF SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA

Contact Information

2401 Broadway Ave
Slayton, MN 56172 - 1167
(507) 360-4205
RSVP 2014 Competition

Executive Summary

An estimated 1,921 RSVP volunteers will serve. Some of their activities include companionship, food delivery and distribution, tutoring, leading Bone Builders and creating disaster kits. The primary focus area is Healthy Futures. At the end of the 3 years, the following is anticipated:

* Homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities having increased social supports

* Gains in literacy skills

* Improved academic performance in literacy and/or math

* Improved academic engagement

* Increased food security and

* Successful job placements

The CNCS federal investment of $74,742 will be supplemented by $243,767 which comes from local, state and other funds and includes the required match of $32,032.

The legal applicant, self-sponsored, is Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Southwest Minnesota (SW MN). Our mission is to offer people 55 and older volunteer opportunities that fit their interests, talents, skills and life experiences. We are currently going thru strategic planning sessions regarding a possible organization name change including mission, vision, goals, etc. The organization serves 6 counties and has been in existence since 1972. The Board of Directors (Joint Powers Board) meets monthly and provides operational oversight as well as financial support (per capita, facilities and space). Our financial and database support services are completed by Southwest Regional Development Commission staff. The SRDC is a non-voting JPB member. The organization employs the executive/program director and 6 program coordinators.

Our 2012 year-end report indicates 2,089 enrolled volunteers were active. As of July 31, 2013, 1,904 enrolled volunteers were active. As of December 31, 2012, the cumulative cost per hour of volunteer service year to date was $1.04/hour. In 2012, volunteers recorded 251,318 hours (10,315 more hours than 2011).

Our community support is very broad as 328 stations are enrolled (as of July 31, 2013).

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