Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council

Contact Information

PO Box 125
23122 Whitehall Road
Independence, WI 54747 - 0125
(715) 985-2391 1205
FY 2017 RSVP Expansion 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. Western Dairyland has been operating an RSVP Program serving Eau Claire, Jackson, Trempealeau, and Buffalo counties since 1973. A total of 400 unduplicated volunteers serve under the current program.

We are looking to expand our current service area to include Pepin County. 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.

A total of 50 (unduplicated) of the 75 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 Pepin County is $75,000 which will be supplemented in the amount of $7,500 by non-federal sources.

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