YMCA of Greater Whittier

Contact Information

12510 Hadley St
Fl 2
Whittier, CA 90601 - 3942
(562) 907-6545 6001
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

The YMCA of Greater Whittier has been an effective RSVP sponsor for 42 years engaging over 400 volunteers throughout the Whittier and San Gabriel Valley. The YMCA/RSVP program serves the needs of nearly 6,000 through partnership with 38 volunteer sites. These committed volunteers address the needs of hundreds of low-income seniors who face significant food insecurity, isolation and health challenges. The YMCA/RSVP program's primary focus area of Healthy Futures focuses on food delivery primarily through Meals on Wheels and companionship through telephone reassurance program that provides daily phone calls and monthly visits to homebound seniors. Activities include organized crafts, games and trips to museums and restaurants as well as support groups.

The secondary area of focus is Environmental Stewardship. Through the YMCA/RSVP recycling program 50 volunteers work weekly to recycle paper to provide financial resources and aid to low-income children, families and seniors allowing the YMCA to provide financial assistance to hundreds of people helping them to live healthy and reduce the risks of chronic disease. In addition, the recycling program provides social connection and meaningful work to our many volunteers. Another innovative program sponsored by our RSVP grant, are the Woodworkers of Whittier. These dedicated and skilled senior volunteers recycle scrap lumber to construct building blocks and toys for low-income children, many who would not receive a birthday or Christmas gift without the generosity of these amazing volunteers.

Additional areas of focus in the other category address safety needs in our service area through Community policing, patrol, and administrative assistance in five law enforcement agencies and one fire department. We also assist in collecting, sorting, packaging food for local Food Banks to provide for veteran, military families, and/or individuals in need.

At the end of our three year grant term nearly 400 volunteers will have provided 3,500 people social support and connection to combat isolation and hopelessness. As a result of the meal delivery program 1,500 seniors will have reduced hunger and increased social connection by receiving a healthy meal and a friendly visit from a dedicated volunteer. At the end of the grant period 208 tons of paper and scrap lumber will be recycled saving over 1,700 trees from being harvested and keeping landfills free of scrap lumber, and from being incinerated, thus generating $20,000 that has been given to low-income children, families and seniors helping them to improve health by fighting obesity and learning important life lessons. At the end of the grant period 13,000 toys made by the Whittier Woodworkers will have brightened the life of hundreds of low-income children knowing that someone notices and cares about them.

We will accomplish these outcomes with the CNCS federal investment of $103,469 annually, supplemented by the YMCA of Greater Whittier match of $ 51,190.

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