Posts Tagged ‘RSVP’

FREE RSVP “Energy Savings Program” Consultation

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

The RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) of Fairfield, is offering a free home Energy-Savings consultation service to qualified Fairfield residents.  A trained RSVP volunteer will visit with householders for 1 hour and educate and/or assist residents with a range of basic energy savings measures and install a new furnace filter (leaving extra filters with the householder to install each month following the consultation).   To be eligible for receiving this service, residents must live within Fairfield city limits & meet income qualifications.

See following chart to qualify:

#No. in Household

1       $21,780

2       $29,420

3       $37,060

4       $44,700

5       $52,340

6       $59,980

7       $67,620

8       $75,260

During a scheduled consultation appointment, the RSVP-trained volunteer will inform the resident about measures they can begin taking immediately to reduce their residential energy usage as well as perform other tasks including adjusting the water heater temperature, re-setting refrigerator temperatures, discuss ways to reduce overall water usage, and how to reduce energy consumption by using CFL/LED light bulbs vs. incandescent bulbs.

The intended impact for this volunteer service is increased knowledge of reduced home energy usage for Fairfield residents, as well as savings reflected on their monthly utility bills.

If you are a qualified resident (see chart) and would like to receive the benefit from this free service program or you are age 55+ and would like to be trained to be an RSVP volunteer, call RSVP Director JoBeth Lewer at 641-919-4752 .

Senior Corps Week; Celebrating the Contributions of Volunteers 55+

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012

RSVP Volunteers Recognized  at the Senior Citizens Center

With nearly one in every five Americans projected to be age 60 or older by 2030, a great opportunity exists to engage

Friendly Visitors attend appreciation party

older Americans in service to meet critical community needs while contributing to longer, healthier lives.

In honor of Senior Corp Week, several local RSVP volunteers were recognized for their community service this past year.  The Senior Citizen Center and the RSVP partnered Wednesday evening May 16, to celebrate the deep friendships, connections, and accomplishments of these local RSVP volunteers.

What better way to be inspired to volunteer, then to be in a room full of volunteers and their senior friends.  The evening was alive with live music provided by the David Leffler Trio, spaghetti dinner was prepared by youth volunteers Josh Dalbey and James Frances along with great company and stories shared of selfless service.

Guest speaker Mayor Ed Malloy presented the volunteers with their certificates of appreciation. Mayor Malloy also shared how he became inspired to support this program in Fairfield. As a young college graduate, he was a community organizer in the Northeast and was first introduced to the RSVP program and it’s services.

Youth Volunteers Cook for Party Goers

The Mayor said this program has left “a lasting impression” on him forty years later. “It’s one thing to have a vision, it’s another thing to have it come to fruition as I look to all of you here in this filled room tonight.”

RSVP is a national federal program designed to engage volunteers age 55 and over in a way that makes a lasting difference in their communities.  In addition to helping others, older volunteers are also helping themselves by living active, healthy lives through volunteering.

A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.

Jasmine Bartolovic said, “I am so deeply grateful for my RSVP Friendly Visiting volunteer, Mary Meyer.  Without her I would never have been able to get to my medical appointments and the things that I needed during my recovery.”

Event organizer RSVP Director JoBeth Lewer said, “it was deeply gratifying to have the opportunity to thank  all the loving volunteers who make this program a lasting success.”

Senior Corp Week is an annual celebration of RSVP volunteer accomplishments.  To become a RSVP volunteer, call JoBeth Lewer at 641-919-4752

The Health Benefits of Volunteering for Older Americans

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012

According to data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, 18.7 million older adults – more than a quarter of those 55 and older – contributed on average more than three billion hours of service in their communities

Volunteers Planting Community Orchard on Earth Day

per year between 2008 and 2010. Older volunteers meet a wide range of community needs – helping seniors live independently in their homes, tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, providing financial education and job training to veterans and their families, and helping communities recover from disasters. In fact, older adults who volunteer typically volunteer more hours in a year than other age groups.

In addition to providing valuable services to individuals and communities, older volunteers are also living active lives through volunteering. A growing body of research shows an association between volunteering and mental and physical health benefits. In particular, older volunteers report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, and higher levels of well-being. This issue brief summarizes recent research and suggest implications of the findings.


It’s Spring and a great time to think about Volunteering with RSVP!

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Enroll now to become an RSVP  ”Friendly Visitor” Volunteer visiting a senior in their residence each week.  We currently have more seniors wanting a visitor than we have volunteers to accommodate them…we don’t want to turn anyone away, so please consider donating an hour of your time each week that will really go a long way!

The program matches volunteers (age 55 and older) who will spend a minimum of 1 hour per week with a homebound/isolated senior (age 60 and older) in their place of residence in Fairfield, based on their mutual interests and location.  A few examples of how an RSVP senior Friendly Visiting volunteer can engage and serve a homebound senior are: participate in a favorite hobby, play games, read the newspapers, writing a letter or cards, computer or email assistance, participate in a desired recreational activity (taking a walk together), reading aloud, playing cards/board games/putting a puzzle together, enjoy listening to favorite music, run a local errand, go out to a favorite place together or attend a local event together, deliver books from the local library, or just spend quality time sitting and visiting together and keeping the senior in touch with their community and the world at large.

All RSVP senior Friendly Visiting volunteers will go through a background check and special training before visiting with a senior in Fairfield.  RSVP staff Director will visit a senior to determine their needs and interests and then match them with a RSVP FriendlyVisitor volunteer. RSVP Friendly visitors do not provide respite care, transportation, medical assistance, housekeeping or meal preparation – they are there simply to be a kind and caring friend providing companionship and to brighten up and bring sunshine to the life of the senior on a weekly basis. There is no charge to the senior for this service as it is a volunteering opportunity in our community.

For more information about receiving a RSVP Friendly Visitor at home or to apply to become a RSVP Friendly Visitor volunteer, contact JoBeth Lewer at the Fairfield Volunteer Center, located in the Fairfield Public Library at 104 W Adams Ave, 641-919-4752.

RSVP Energy Savings Program

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

RSVP now offers free home energy savings consultations. Become a trained volunteer consultant who will visit with Fairfield homeowners to educate and/or assist them with a range of basic energy savings measures and install one furnace filter and leaving 5 extras for monthly installations.  Little steps like this really add up to make a big difference in the amount of energy a home requires each month.

RSVP trained volunteers will inform the resident about measures they can begin taking immediately to reduce their residential energy usage, which is great for both the environment and the pocketbook!

RSVP volunteer must be age 55+ and must attend a training session prior to performing residential consultations.

So far, 19 RSVP volunteers have been trained to be as consultants.  To date, they have completed 15 home energy consultations.

Contact RSVP Director, JoBeth Lewer at 641.919.4752 for more information and to sign up today!

Happy with the Friendly Visiting Program

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Dear JoBeth,

Many thanks for the RSVP Program in Fairfield!  As one who needs help and is helped, I can tell you that it makes the difference between impossible and possible when it comes to access to the shops and community.

For the while I live in isolation due to health challenges. I must stay at home.  Having someone who does errands for me, visits, and is kind, caring and friendly is a God-send in my life.

Much gratitude,  Rhiana Levy

Greetings from RSVP

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Holiday Greetings from JoBeth Lewer-Director-RSVP

As we begin a new year I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful

RSVP Friendly Visitor Denise Poole with Jo Simmons, Betty Crawford and Ruby McPhail

contributions you made to the Fairfield community throughout 2011.  As of December 2011 RSVP has enrolled 75 new volunteers who gave over 1,000 hours of service!  The RSVP Friendly Visitors program is growing and now has over 25 volunteers serving seniors in Fairfield.  The RSVP Energy Savings Program finished the year Weatherizing 23 homes and more than 50 RSVP volunteers enrolled to serve!

Each of you make a direct and positive difference in the lives of others. I know you have made a difference in my life.  It is a great pleasure to serve as the Director for this program.  Each RSVP volunteer I meet makes me feel deeply satisfied knowing that together we are  indeed creating a better world for everyone, one person at a time.

I feel grateful that I have the good fortune to work with all the caring and kind-hearted people who make volunteering a part of their lives.  Thank you all for your ongoing volunteering with RSVP and for helping to make this program a vital service for those in Fairfield.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Round Two of Weatherization a Success

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Saturday, September 24 the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by the Fairfield Volunteer Center (FVC), organized a weatherization project where more than 80 volunteers from various parts of the community came together to weatherize 11 homes of eligible Fairfield residents.

The RSVP Weatherization Program is funded by several grants and numerous in-kind donations from throughout the Fairfield community.  Scott Timm, Fairfield’s Sustainability Coordinator, facilitated a training session prior to event day to ensure project participants had the basic skills needed to complete project tasks.

Volunteers worked in teams with experienced RSVP captains leading the way and teaching new skills to community members and students.  Basic steps like caulking around outdoor window casings, installing weather stripping around doors, filling cracks in the foundation with expandable foam, wrapping water heaters and applying plastic film to windows can make a big impact on the efficient energy usage of a home, thereby reducing heating costs over the winter.

According to Molly Reiff, Director of the Fairfield Volunteer Center, “new skills gained by volunteers can be applied to their own homes creating a ripple effect that reaches further than just the primary homes weatherized on Saturday,”.

Following the weatherization efforts, the volunteers gathered together for a luncheon at the First Christian Church to celebrate the successes and share experiences of the day.  JoBeth Lewer, Fairfield’s RSVP Director said, “Fairfield is fortunate to have an ongoing RSVP Weatherization Program established in our community that connects a diverse group of volunteers benefitting our local residents”.

We will be following up with homeowners to quantify actual savings and will report back here when that info is available.  We thank all involved…we couldn’t do it without you!

To lower utility bills and a more comfortable winter!

An Update from RSVP on the Senior Friendly Visiting Program

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

An Update from the RSVP Director: This month I would like to share with you that RSVP now has 10 senior “Friendly Visitors” serving in Fairfield.  Our mission is to engage a total of 45 new RSVP volunteers who would be serving 60 senior citizens in our community.  We are well on our way and off to a great start!  Thanks to each new RSVP Friendly Visitor who has given of their time and has provided companionship to seniors who greatly appreciate  reliable assistance and genuine caring.

So RSVP can continue to grow this wonderful program please consider becoming a RSVP Friendly Visitor volunteer today.

To learn more about the Friendly Visiting Program, please see last month’s post.

RSVP…Making a Difference in Iowa One Hour at a Time!

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011

See How our Retired Senior Volunteer Program is Changing Lives…Changing Iowa

Service through RSVP benefits everyone -  it helps volunteers stay active, healthy, and engaged while connecting those in need in our communities with thousands of skilled volunteers.  RSVP helps Iowa save taxpayer dollars by reducing healthcare costs while strengthening civic participation.  RSVP volunteers do not receive a stipend for the services they provide.

Return on Investment for the State of Iowa

In 2010, 21 RSVP Programs mobilized RSVP volunteers to serve 614,920 hours (49, 570 more hours than in 2009) through 1,300 Iowa non-profits leveraging $10,263,014.00 worth of service to the State of Iowa!