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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.

Newest Volunteer Opportunities: 

RSVP is starting a MILITARY FOCUS GROUP for returning veterans to assist with re-adjusting to life after returning from war.  LTC John Shaw has offered to head the group and Advisory Council member Bill Schaefer and volunteer Jim Brooks have volunteered to join the effort.  All volunteers interested in helping, please contact the RSVP office at 304.527.3410. Thank you LTC John Shaw for a wonderful speech at the RSVP Volunteer Recognition and offering to head the focus group. 

RSVP is in need of 10 volunteers to assist Follansbee Police Department with Pool Parties on June 25, 2011, 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.

RSVP is partnering with Senior Companions to let volunteers know of the great opportunity to assist your neighbor.  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.  You can be a Senior Companion and still volunteer with RSVP.  For more details call RSVP at 304.527.3410.   

20.2% Funding Cut for RSVP Program
Thank you for sharing you stories and concerns about RSVP.  Your voices were heard, as of now, we are still funded, however, there are program cuts and may still be changes to come.

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

RSVP ASAP is raffling tickets for this beautiful doll made by Josephine Patrone, thank you.  You can get tickets at your RSVP office.  $1 each or 6/$5.  Drawing will be held June 1, 2011.

Trips RSVP will be teaming up with Steubenville Group for one day trips!  Contact the RSVP office for more details or contact Alberta Miller at 740.282.5212
Historic Cumberland – Tues, September 23, 2011
Cost $79

Another team for Trips:  FOUR SEASONS, Carolyn Shaffer, Weirton 304.748.0766 West Side Story - Benedum Center-May 22, 2011 Cost $68 * Charles Town Holly Casino – April 4-6, 2011 Cost $189 * Southern Italy & Sicily – Sept 22-Oct 3, 2011 Double - $3,499 / Single $3,999 / Triple $3,469

Special Thanks: to or AARP RSVP volunteers who did an outstanding job assisting 1,345 citizens of Brooke Hancock counties.   Of the 276 clients served 75 were veterans.  Again GREAT JOB!

Upcoming Events

AARP Safe Driving Instruction: Hancock County: May 5-6, 2011 at Weirton Campus WVNCC from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Ohio County: June 27-28, 2011 at Wheeling Family Services of Upper Ohio Valley 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please call 304.527.3410 to register.

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.


      Welcome Volunteers (RSVP Volunteer Handbook)
Volunteer(s):   Shirley Hood

2011 RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
RSVP volunteers Paul Billiard, Pat Farley, Ann Niciforos, Gary Riggs, Rae Tate, Glynda M. Walker  were recognized for Lifetime Presidential Service Award (4,000+) hours.  Volunteers were recognized for hours served and years of service.  Community Bread Basket and Brooke Hancock Nutrition Stations were honored for their outstanding continued support of the RSVP program.  The Donna Weaver Shinning Star Award was presented to Mrs. Diana Mendel for her outstanding service.  This volunteer recognition was made successful by the donations from area businesses

Special thanks to all RSVP Advisory Council Committees especially Decorating chaired by Margaret Freshwater and RSVP staff who helped make the RSVP Volunteer Recognition luncheon a success. Special thanks to Guest Speaker: LTC John Shaw

Special thanks to presenters:
Congressional Representative for David McKinley Aide Flynn Altmeyer: Presidential Lifetime Service Awards
Senator Orphy Klempa & Representative for Senator Yost - Kris Yost: Senators Recognition
Delegates Tim Ennis and Roy Givens
Legislative Citation
Michelle Figaretti Regional Representative
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Recognition
Kristin Cross Field Representative
State Auditor Glen B Gainer III Recognition

State Wide Senior Corps Project Thank you for you assistance in collecting 382 toiletries at the RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. RSVP has collected 622 total small, sample or hotel size toiletries. Please continue to collect these items; they need to be in your local RSVP office by June 30, 2011.This can be, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. that will be given to local shelters and military service personnel.  Thank you for your help. 

Special Thanks: 

Neighborhood Watch volunteers were busy assisting Follansbee Police chief John Schwertfeger with the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Volunteers were;  Thomas McBride, Tom McMillian, Bobby Johnson, Jim Brooks, Gary Riggs, Bill Kocher, Maggie Stewart, Mary Schwertfeger and Kathy Santoro. Good job!

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

Special Thanks to John Vetillo for donating Pool and Air Hockey combo game table to the Moundsville “After School Adventures Program”. Next RSVP After School Adventures Meeting scheduled for May 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  All volunteer welcome, looking forward to seeing you at the Brooke County Senior Center

United Way Fashion Show:  Sunday May 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Williams Country Club.  Call RSVP 304.527.3410 to get your tickets for A GREAT TIME! Tickets cost $30.  Your donations to Weirton United Way are appreciated and help support RSVP.

RSVP Receives Thank You

West Virginia Birth to Three greatly appreciates the time and commitment of our RSVP volunteers: Becky Weigand and Ann Niciforos. They are dependable, helpful and have quickly become part of our office team. They assist us with our daily filing and clerical work.

They have even offered to continue with our office if the RSVP program was discontinued.  Our entire Birth to Three team thanks them and the program itself.

Judy Bischof
West Virginia Birth to Three Regional Director  

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