Volunteers of America

Contact Information

2660 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205 - 2219
(303) 297-0408 13311
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping America's most vulnerable. Through more than 30 distinct human service programs throughout the state of Colorado, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps more than 200,000 Coloradoans each year. Since 1896, the ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, low-income families, homeless individuals and families, women and children escaping domestic violence, and those seeking affordable housing solutions.

The mission of the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch is to identify and serve the basic needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families within the community.

The Denver RSVP Program at Volunteers of America is estimating that 620 RSVP volunteers will serve in the community. The service activities will include: tutoring and mentoring in the schools, providing disaster preparedness presentations, assisting military and their families, serving in local thrift stores, delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, and serving in food banks. These service activities are done through a network of 40 volunteer stations, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Denver Public Schools, Cornerstone Food Bank, Reading Partners, Douglas/Elbert Task Force, and VOA Meals on Wheels Program. The primary focus area is Healthy Futures. Volunteers of America, Denver RSVP is requesting $78,558 and it will be supplemented by $72,264 with an additional $18,984 in in-kind. It is expected that these funds will enable the RSVP Program to achieve the following outcomes:

* In the Education Focus Area, 60 students will have improved academic performance in literacy.

* Within the Disaster Services Focus Area, 100 individuals will receive CNCS-supported services in disaster preparedness.

* Within the Veterans and Military Families Focus Area, 50 veterans and 50 active duty service members will receive support services and/or resources.

* In the Capacity Building Focus Area, $350,000 in-kind resources will be leveraged by CNCS-supported organizations.

* Under Other Community Priorities, RSVP volunteers will volunteer 50,000 hours serving the community.

* Within The Program's Primary Focus Area, Healthy Futures, 900 homebound seniors will report increased social ties from having meals delivered or using transportation services. Of the individuals who use CNCS-supported food banks, 30,000 will report increased food security.

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