Westmoreland County Community College

Contact Information

145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697 - 1814
(724) 925-4213
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Westmoreland County has been sponsored by Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) since 1971. Based on our program's history, we project approximately 839 unduplicated RSVP volunteers will serve the community annually during the next three-year funding cycle. Volunteer assignments include preparing and delivering meals to the homebound; serving in food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens; providing free income tax assistance; serving as advisers in the APPRISE Telecenter, the state health insurance hotline for individuals on Medicare; and providing information to callers for the APPRISE state health insurance counseling program for Westmoreland County residents. The primary focus area for WCCC's RSVP is Healthy Futures. At the end of the three-year grant, program outcomes will demonstrate that participants receiving volunteer assistance will be more likely to remain living independently in their homes and increase their social interaction through meal delivery, telephone reassurance calls, and friendly visitors. The food security for low-income individuals will be increased, and PA Medicare beneficiaries will receive free, confidential, and unbiased information on Medicare and/or health insurance-related issues. These service activities will be accomplished through a network of 85 volunteer stations. The target populations to be served includes frail seniors, children, veterans, and individuals living in low-income situations. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) federal investment of $63,497 will be supplemented by $6,350 of non-federal funding.

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