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Looking for Fairfield Senior Volunteers age 55 and older

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011
JoBeth Lewer

JoBeth Lewer, RSVP Director

I am looking to engage 90 Senior Volunteers in Fairfield.

Are you one of those people?  If so, I would love to meet you!

You’ve gained a lifetime of experience. Now is the time to put your skills and talents to good use by volunteering through Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. Join RSVP and you join nearly 500,000 senior volunteers across the country who are tackling important issues in their communities.

RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. With RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. And you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. Service through RSVP benefits everyone – it helps volunteers stay active, healthy, and engaged while connecting those in need in our communities with skilled senior volunteers.

With RSVP you’ll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.

And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promote a positive outlook on life.

RSVP offers “one stop shopping” for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service opportunities in their local communities.

So get involved, and become an RSVP volunteer today!

You are invited to become a member of RSVP. RSVP connects individuals 55 years of age and older to service opportunities in our community.  When you join RSVP, your volunteer time will be counted and help us tell the story of just how much volunteers are doing in Fairfield.!  It’s simple.  To help us keep track of all the good work being carried out in Fairfield, you will be asked to sign a form accounting for the time you have contributed.  That’s all there is to it!

Many senior volunteers tell us that they do not do what they are doing for recognition but for what they get back: that good feeling knowing that they have done something to help another human being.  We respect that.  By enrolling as a RSVP member you inspire others to join the volunteer ranks and gain that good feeling too!

Call me today to set up an appointment to enroll you as the next Fairfield RSVP Senior Volunteer or stop by the Fairfield Public Library at 104 W. Adams between 9:30am-5:00pm Monday thru Friday.

JoBeth Lewer
RSVP Director

Featured Agency: The Closet

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Closet is a recycle shop for clothing in FairfieldThe Closet, located at 1700 South Main Street in Fairfield, Iowa, is a recycle shop for very nice clothing of all sizes for men, women, children and babies. They also carry shoes, pajamas, kitchenware, decorative items, books and seasonal items.

Free: This is a one-of-a-kind recycle shop because everything is free. The Closet receives donations for free; their volunteers work for free; and they give it all away for free.

Vision: To provide a service to all of the people in our area and to recycle usable items for this purpose.

Volunteers accept donations, greet and help customers, and keep the store stocked, neat and accessible. The Closet serves more than 200 people per week. Volunteers receive free training. Volunteers are needed now – click for more information.

RSVP: Some History and Some National and Iowa 2010 Stats

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation, has matched local problems with older adults who are willing to help since 1971. RSVP projects link the skills of the senior volunteers with identified community needs. The volunteers determine how many hour(s) a week they can serve. RSVP volunteers do not receive any monetary incentive or stipend, but the RSVP project, as funds allow, may reimburse them for certain out-of-pocket costs associated with their service activities. In addition, RSVP volunteers receive accident, personal liability, and excess automobile insurance, as well as community recognition!

Each year nationally nearly 430,000 older adult, age 55 and over, provide community service through more than 740 locally sponsored RSVP projects. The amount of service can vary from a few hours a month to almost full-time.

In 2010, 21 Iowa RSVP Programs mobilized Senior Volunteers to serve 614,920 hours  (49,570 more hours than in 2009) through 1,300 Iowa non-profits leveraging…

$10,263,014 worth of community service to the State of Iowa!

Those 21 RSVP’s served in 41 out of 99 Iowa Counties in 2010. Fairfield will be added to that number in 2011!

JoBeth Lewer is the RSVP Director in Fairfield. The phone number is 641-209-9045 and this program is available through the Fairfield Volunteer Center.

The Fairfield RSVP projects include two components; the “Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program” and the “Home Weatherization Project”. Click to learn more about these projects and volunteer opportunities for people ages 55+.

Fairfield RSVP Projects Include “Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program” and “Home Weatherization Project”

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Fairfield Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects include two components: the “Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program” and the “Home Weatherization Project”

Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program
Seeking 60 recipients and 45 Senior Volunteers (55+) to spend a minimum of 1 hour per week assisting one or more socially isolated elderly and/or handicapped person(s).

This service will provide social engagement and minor non-medical assistance such as filling out forms, running errands, playing a game, accompanying to a local doctor appointment, or simply talking together.

RSVP Gets Involved – RSVP Changing Lives…Changing Fairfield!

Home Weatherization Project
Seeking 45 eligible recipient homes and 45 (55+) Senior Volunteers to provide basic weatherization to qualifying homes in Fairfield.
RSVP and the Iowa State University Extension along with Scott Timm have partnered to begin serving the Fairfield community by launching its first Home Weatherization Project on June 11, 2011!

The Fairfield RSVP is funded by a grant awarded from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to the Fairfield Volunteer Center.  The mission of the CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The RSVP Home Weatherization Project offers eligible residents in need who are elderly and/or low income, and/or handicapped and residents of Fairfield who own their own home, basic low-cost home weatherization by installing weather-stripping on doors and window caulking.

RSVP is changes that make a difference for people today – right now!

For more information call The Fairfield Volunteer Center at 641-209-9045 or email JoBeth Lewer at

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)