Volunteers for Community Impact

Contact Information

3545 Lake Breeze Dr
Orlando, FL 32808 - 3028
(407) 298-4180
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

Volunteers for Community Impact, Inc. (formerly Florida Senior Programs) amended its name, mission, vision, and values to meet the growing needs of the community it serves. Its mission is: "Building relationships that add value to the community by utilizing the experience of caring adults through high-impact volunteer service." Volunteers for Community Impact, Inc. has been the sponsor of RSVP of Volusia County since 2012 and is dedicated to improving our Central Florida community through recruiting, training, placing, recognizing, and retaining volunteers ages 55 and over to meet the critical needs of this community through CNCS initiatives. Additionally, Volunteers for Community Impact, Inc. (VCI) is the sponsor of the Foster Grandparent Program that serves Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, and Flagler Counties as well as sponsoring RSVP in Orange and Osceola counties.

The Board of Directors for Volunteers for Community Impact, Inc. has strategically aligned the organization with the Corporation for National and Community Service's service categories, performance measures, and current initiatives. This proposal is reflective of the successful transition of RSVP to an impact based program. Three hundred RSVP volunteers will serve in activities to meet the objectives of: Educating youth through School Readiness and K-12 Success, Health and Wellness, Employment, Obesity and Food, and Housing.

The primary focus area of this project is Education. Volunteers will support School Readiness through early intervention in child care classrooms, VPK classrooms, and Head Start classrooms. Volunteers will support K-12 Success through tutoring youth in public schools and other community organizations focused on academic success. At the end of the grant cycle, RSVP volunteers will serve 375 students in the Education focus area, with 80% showing age-appropriate gains in social and emotional development or academic improvement.

As a direct result of RSVP volunteers, nearly 2,000 residents of Volusia County will receive increased services in education and other identified areas. This allows for a more diverse pool of volunteers to utilize their experiences and interests. The CNCS federal investment of $105,000 will be supplemented by at least $48,086 of non-federal resources.

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