Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council

Contact Information

PO Box 125
23122 Whitehall Road
Independence, WI 54747 - 0125
(715) 985-2391 1205
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. (WDEOC, the Agency) located in Independence, WI, is the legal applicant for the Western Dairyland Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). WDEOC was established June 6, 1966 to help disadvantaged individuals in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties, located in West-Central Wisconsin, become self-reliant. The Agency's mission is to alleviate poverty related conditions and provide opportunities which enable people to advance economically and socially. RSVP has been operating since 1973. A total of 400 unduplicated volunteers will serve under the program. RSVP works by empowering individuals age 55 or older to perform acts of community service that make western Wisconsin a better place for everyone. As a result of their service, seniors gain a better understanding how their efforts contribute to the greater good of the community.

The Agency works with community organizations and individuals to improve the quality of life for all. Western Dairyland programs are developed in response to identified community needs and advocate for the interests of the economically disadvantaged.

The primary focus area for RSVP is Healthy Futures, with work plan objectives in the areas of Obesity and Food, and Aging in Place services which includes activities such as volunteer transportation, in home services, and food distribution. Other national focus areas the program will address include: 2) Education, 3) Economic Opportunity and 4) Veterans and Military Families 5) Environmental Stewardship.

A total of 256 (unduplicated) of the 400 RSVP volunteers will be serving in the in the primary focus area of Healthy Futures. The annual requested federal grant amount for this program serving the residents of Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties is $67,034 which will be supplemented in the amount of $28,728 by non-federal sources.

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