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Spread the Word:  RSVP is asking for your help!  Please pass along your newsletter to a friend to help get the word out about the program activities and need for volunteers.

RSVP CERT Members Notice:  September is Disaster Preparedness Month. Check out FREE online exercises to help you be prepared.

Testimonials:  " My husband and I were working full time and juggling the schedules of our five children.  Everyday at 3:00 p.m. was very stressful due to unreliable daycare after school.  I was a work at home mom for 20 years.  Me or my husband were available to get our kids after school.  I was doubtful that I would be able to stay at my current job because we didn't have reliable, trustworthy after school care for our three youngest children.  When we found RSVP ASAP we were a little hesitant because we didn't know the volunteers, cost, schedule, etc.  After meeting the volunteers and getting all their information we could never be happier.  We don't trust many people with our children, but RSVP has gained our complete trust.  They are good to us."   Candy Taylor

" I hope this program gets the funding it requires to keep running!  I feel very secure knowing that my son is well cared for while I am at work.  This after school program is wonderful!  The children get help with their homework and have great support from the volunteers.  They even get a meal!  I love this program and I'm so thankful that it is available for the children in our area.  Thank you so much for caring for my child!"  Renee Salkovick.

Newest Volunteer Opportunities:  RSVP needing volunteers to assist in the Follansbee office, please call 304.527.3410 for details.   

RSVP is in need of 10 volunteers to assist Follansbee Police Department with Pool Parties on August 20, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..  Volunteers will assist with RSVP community watch program in keeping children safe. Thank you City of Follansbee Police Chief, John Schwertfeger for the opportunity to serve.

Special Thanks to volunteers serving in July to assist 150 member in the Follansbee Park on Family Fun Night:  Maggie Stewart, Vera Morton, Loretta Ceccarelli, Bill Kocher, Jim Brooks, Annette Brueckner Mullen and Mike Mullen.

Volunteers needed to assist with Brooke County Fair transportation from parking lot to fair grounds for September 9, 10, 11, 2011.

Volunteers Needed!
AARP Tax Assistance -
Tax Assistant - George Weigle - 304.723.0816
A Child’s Place CASA
- Clerical  - Rhonda Stubbs - 304.737.4444
Ann’s Country Retreat
- Admin Assistant - Carolyn Mason - 304.737.0941
Appalachian Outreach Inc.
- Grant Asst, Clerical - Rose Hart -  304.845.2762
Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Admin Assistant - Shanna Kemp -  304.232.0520
Brooke County Singing Group
- Director - Joy Crawford - 304.527.3410
Brooke County WVU Extension Office - Energy  Express - Alicia Cassels - 304.737.3666

Central Blood Bank - Marilyn Stuckert - 412-209-7648
Hancock County
WVU Extension Office
- Energy Express volunteers (reading, writing and art) and a Camp Cook - Carole Sheerbaum - 304.564.3805

Laughlin Memorial Chapel - Office Assistant with typing or computer experience - Rev. Marcia Allen - 304.232.2630

Mary H. Weir Public Library - Person to assist with programs set up projector and run software, power point etc., and Book sales person (lifting required) - Rik Rekowski 304.797.8510

Sisters of Mt. St. Joseph - Companions and person to push wheelchair outside - Susan Vaughan - 304.232.8160

Soup Kitchen of Great Wheeling - Food Service - Becky Rodocker - 304.233.2992

The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley -Receptionist - Vera Uyehara - 304.214.5437

Weirton Geriatric Center - Weekend person to do exercise and play games with residents - Mary Ann Boyd  - 304.723.4300

Weirton United Way - Brochure folding - Kristin Bowman Cross -  304.748.7213

Weirton Medical Center - Numerous Opportunities - - Sondra Weigle - 304.797.6112

Wheeling Health Right - Office cleaner - Kathie Brown - 304.233.9323


Special Thanks to RSVP volunteers who are committed assisting the Weirton Geriatric Center:  Mike Johnson and Gary Robinson.

RSVP ASAP Meeting Scheduled for August 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  All volunteers welcome.

RSVP Fill the Bus Campaign will start August 1, 2011, Fill the Bus Tag Day will be held at Wal-Mart from 8:00 to 2:00.  Welcome to bring supplies to the Senior Centers.  Notebooks, Notebook paper, crayons, color pencils, No 2 Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Calculators, glue sticks, scissors.  Brooke RSVP raised $104.50 at the Dollar General Rummage Sale.  Thank you for your support! 

 Fundraisers:  Recycle and help your RSVP fundraise.  Drop off your used ink cartridges and cell phones at your local RSVP office.

Click to Register your Kroger Plus Card online to help RSVP.         

ALL CURRENT PARTICIPANTS Must Re-Enroll April 1, 2011 to continue earning rewards for RSVP.  Please call the office; we'll help you register if you need assistance. Call 304.527.3410 and we’ll walk you through.  Select Ohio, enroll at the store you shop and select Charity Organization Name:   BROOKE COUNTY COMMITTEE ON AGING RSVP Organization Number: 83852 (No Computer? Call the office and we’ll send you a barcode to contribute)  Just need to use your card to contribute!  IT’S EASY!
Shop online at iGive to help RSVP.  26% goes to RSVP with tax deduction

Congratulations: Vern Thompson and Howard Hibbits - RSVP ASAP Doll Raffle winners.  Again, Special Thanks to doll maker Josephine Patrone who assisted ASAP in raising $79 with doll raffle and $35 with doll freshners.

Special Thanks: CNCS State Program Specialist Karlisa E. Bradley and sharing your Monthly Report June 2011 for West Virginia Projects.  We appreciate your efforts.  Click here to view report.

Special thanks to our volunteers and stations who assisted our staff in updating records helping the RSVP program have a smooth compliance visit. 


  Welcome (RSVP Volunteer Handbook)
Volunteer(s):  Joyce Woodstuff, Mary Ann Gala, John Clem, Alita Main and Ida Helton

NCOA Senior Aides:  Helen Kohen, Brenda Gray, James Maxwell and Ruth Perry

VISTA: Mrs. Linda Golebiewski will be assisting the Brooke County RSVP ASAP.  Please help RSVP make her feel welcome.  We look forward to her AmeriCorps VISTA service.  Linda has been a volunteer and advisory council member with RSVP since January of 2009.  Best wishes in you new position.

RSVP Welcomes Advisory Council Member: Ms. Della Deskin, board member of Sanford Center in Marshall County. 

RSVP will hold it's next Advisory Council meeting on September 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Brooke County Senior Center.

Veterans Focus Group:  Next meeting August 2, 2011.  Group’s focus is assisting service personnel in adjusting to civilian life and assisting veteran’s families while veteran in service.  Special thanks to LTC John Shaw, Bill Schaefer, Mike Mullen, Jim Brooks, Jim DeMaria, Tom McBride, Gary Riggs, Hank Vincent, Jim Campagna and Yaggy Tacozza.  If you know of veterans needing assistance or volunteer’s interest in serving, please contact RSVP at 304.527.3410.  Help RSVP get the word out.

Events:  An AARP “Safe Driving” one day class to returning AARP Safe Driving participants will be held at West Virginia Northern Community College, Room 109, August 18, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   This class is geared toward mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing, and reaction time.  Rules of the road are reviewed along with safe driving techniques.  Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed this course. 

There is a $12 fee per AARP Member and a $14 fee per non-member for the class, which covers the cost of classroom materials.  This fee must be paid prior to attending the class.  Participants will be limited to 20 and names will be taken on a “first come, first served” basis.  Those wishing to enroll must call the Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall RSVP office at 304-527-3410 and ask for Angie.  When mailing your check, please make it out to AARP, include membership number on memo line and mail it to Retired Senior Volunteer Program or RSVP, 948 Main Street, Follansbee WV.  DO NOT make your check out to RSVP!!!!

AARP Safe Driving will also be holding a class at the Moundsville Library on August 16th and 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Instructor will be Mr. John Richmond.  To schedule you class please contact Linda Vidoni at 304.233.0075.

The AARP Driver Safety Program and NRTA (National Retired Teachers Association) is offering free classroom courses to NRTA’s.  This promotion runs from July 1st – August 31stNRTA people must obtain their coupons from the following website:

Health Wellness Fair being held August 12, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at CHANGE, Inc. 3136 West Street in Weirton. 

Brooke Hills Play House will be holding a dress rehearsal for Best Friends Forever (BFF) author and director is Mrs. Diana Mendel RSVP's Co-Chairman for the After School Adventures Program.  August 10, 2011 is Free entry.  Regular price is $10 for Senior/Children.  Show dates are: August 11, 12, 13, 14, 2011. at 8:00 p.m.

Trips: Thanks to Hank Vincent and Linda Vidoni for assisting with the success of the Sugarcreek Trip.  Everyone had a wonderful time!  Pictured: Alicia Vincent, Linda Vidoni, Rose Guidara, Hazel Shia, Mary Ann Duffy, Clara Cerminara, Maria Bianchi. 

RSVP will be teaming up with Wendt Touring for one day trips!  Contact the RSVP office for more details or contact Wendt Touring at 740.282.5790  Historic Cumberland – Tues, September 23, 2011 Cost $79

Another team for Trips:  FOUR SEASONS, Carolyn Shaffer, Weirton 304.748.0766 Southern Italy & Sicily - Sept 22-Oct 3, 2011 Double - $3,499 / Single $3,999 / Triple $3,469


State Wide Senior Corps Project BHOM RSVP collected a total of 1,344 toiletries to assist with making 1,000 bags for the homeless and veterans all over West Virginia.  GOOD JOB!  Thank you for your assistance.


RSVP still looking to partner with Senior Companions needing volunteers to assist your neighbors.  Guidelines for service are: must be 55, pass a background check, physical, and meet income guidelines under $21,000 single household and $27,000 double household including medical deductions.  A Senior Companion must commit between 20 – 40 hours per week.  Stipend service offers $2.65/hour and .35 per mile

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Thank you Brooke County Senior Center for hosting a wonderful Senior Picnic.  We had a lot of fun!

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