Happy Independence Day
RSVP Staff, Advisory Council and AmeriCorps VISTA

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 is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over, and this year, RSVP celebrates 40 years of service!

In honor of this momentous occasion, we want to share the RSVP: Making an Impact video with you.  Be sure to check out other videos to the right also.

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  July 23, 2011 and August 20, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..  Volunteers will assist with RSVP neighborhood watch program in keeping children safe. Special Thanks to volunteers: Jim Brooks, Bill Kocher, Tom McBride, Maggie Stewart, Mary Schwertfeger, Mike Mullen and Dr. Carmel Esposito for you help in making the event a success serving approximately 100 community participants. Thank you City of Follansbee for the opportunity to serve.

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
A Child’s Place CASA
- Clerical 
Ann’s Country Retreat
- Admin Assistant
Appalachian Outreach Inc.
- Grant Asst, Clerical
Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Admin Assistant
Brooke County Singing Group
- Director
Brooke County WVU Extension Office - Energy Express
Catholic Charities of West Virginia
- Clerical

Comfort House - Clerical

Hancock County WVU Extension Office - Energy Express volunteers (reading, writing and art) and a Camp Cook

Laughlin Memorial Chapel - Office Assistant with typing or computer experience

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)

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

Soup Kitchen of Great Wheeling - Food Service

The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley -Receptionist

The House of the Carpenter, Inc. - Person to clean facility and sort clothing donations

Weirton Geriatric Center - Weekend person to do exercise and play games with residents

Weirton United Way - Brochure folding

Weirton Medical Center - Numerous Opportunities

Wheeling Health Right - Office cleaner


Special Thanks to RSVP volunteers who are assisting the Weirton Geriatric Center:  Hattie Adams, John Geary, Jack Cassella, and Sylvia Hornak.


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.

Upcoming Events:   AARP Safe Driving Class Scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2011 and Friday, July 22, 2011.  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at West Virginia Northern Community College Room 109.  Also, look for a class to also be held in August.  May be a one day class for prior AARP Safe Driving participants.  Applicants will be accepted on first come first serve basis.  Please make your reservations to attend by calling the RSVP office at 304.527.3410 and asking for Angie.

AARP Driver Safety Program in its ongoing efforts to grow has developed a working relationship with Retired Educators Ass. that will run from July 1, 2011 thru August 31, 2011.  Anyone belonging to NRTA can visit www.aarpvolunteers.com and download the documents.  This is being handled on a national level only and no local SDSP people have any vouchers.  We have been advised to tell our host agencies about this program. The last week of June, there will be a blast on the national level.  The voucher will be needed when registering for the class.  Any other questions, please do not hesitate to call me, 304-243-5484, have a good day, Sally Marple.

Special Thanks to the RSVP volunteers and stations for your support in assisting the program in helping us update your records contributing to a good compliance visit. 

$650 each for one winning entry from each Senior Corps program, FGP, RSVP, and SCP.


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

Keep up with your national news via of NSCA news alerts.

Some General Communication Tools to share your story with congress.


  Welcome Volunteers (RSVP Volunteer Handbook)
Volunteer(s):  Jacqueline Cawthorne, Silas Gray and John Richmond

Veterans Focus Group held their first June meetings at the Brooke County Senior Center.  Future meetings scheduled every two weeks on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.  Next meeting scheduled for July 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  Group’s current focus is assisting service personnel in adjusting to civilian life after returning home from active duty and helping families of service personnel while on active duty.  Help RSVP get the word out.  Special thanks to LTC John Shaw, Bill Schaefer, Mike Mullen, Jim Brooks and Jim DeMaria and newest members Gary Riggs and Tom McBride.  All volunteers welcome to join at any time. 

Welcome: Ms. Tiffany Davis will be assisting the Brooke County RSVP ASAP.  Please help RSVP make her feel welcome.  We look forward to her AmeriCorps VISTA service.

Events:  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: 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 RSVP collecting hotel size toiletries. This can be soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. that will be given to local shelters and military service personnel.  Thank you for your help.  Please continue to collect these items; they need to be in your local RSVP office by July 30, 2011.


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

RSVP "ASAP" held a pot luck picnic on June 8, 2011 at the Follansbee Park.  Students and volunteers were treated to a meal by parents of the students and RSVP volunteers.  A variety of food was enjoyed by all in attendance and swimming passes were provided by the City of Follansbee.  A fun filled afternoon was enjoyed by all those in attendance including a special visit with one of our former students Meile Morris who had moved earlier in the year. 

The next evening on June 9th at 5:00 pm the Awards Ceremony was held at the Brooke Senior Center for students and their parents.  Each student was awarded a participation certificate and a gift bag filled with toys and goodies provided by Ms. Mendel.  Diana Mendel the Co-Chairperson for the After School Program awarded special certificates to students in various categories for homework participation and behavior.  The top students for homework were Sophia Fields and Zane Morgan.  Behavior award winner received bicycles.  Each volunteer submitted a secret vote for the top boy and girl who was best behaved through the year.  Awards were:   Boy: Zane Gray   Girl: McKenna Conaway.  Volunteers for the program provided the students with cake, punch, chips, veggie tray and other snack items.   A fun and excited evening was enjoyed by all with warm wishes for a happy and safe summer. Event can be viewed on youtube at:

Special Thanks to volunteer Jim Brooks and Mike Mullen for assisting in the Beautification of downtown Follansbee by painting 13 benches.

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