As you may know, our federally financed Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is no longer operating but we certainly hope to continue to engage Fairfield volunteers of all ages, especially those age 55+. One of the main components of RSVP was the Friendly Visiting program where local seniors received a weekly visit from a caring volunteer, helping to curb loneliness and keep that senior connected to the community. Many individuals formed deep friendships that have continued but we are working hard to incorporate a visiting program of some sort into the programming at the FVC. We will be launching a fundraising effort to that end. If you have any ideas to share, would like to serve in an advisory role or to contribute monetarily we would love to hear from you today. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
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Washington, D.C. – New data released by the Corporation for National and Community Service indicates that 18.7 million older adults – more than a quarter of those 55 and older – contributed on average more than 3 billion hours of service in their communities per year between 2008 and 2010.
“As the 78 million–strong Baby Boomer generation looks for ways to give back to their communities, Senior Corps offers a powerful way to link them to meaningful opportunities to make a difference,” said Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Older Americans bring a lifetime of skills and experience that can be tapped to meet community challenges. Our Senior Corps programs engage older Americans in solving problems and serving those most in need, making senior service a vital investment for our nation now and into the future.”
“Along with delivering enormous social and economic benefit to communities nationwide, volunteer service also allows older Americans to remain active and healthy, an outcome that is critical as our nation strives to lower health care costs in times of budget constraints,” said Dr. Tan. “More than two decades of research establishes a strong relationship between volunteering and health, and we are seeing that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression and disease later in life than those who do not volunteer.”
Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
The Fairfield Volunteer Center and RSVP are conducting round two of our Energy Savings and Home Weatherization Project for eligible community residents.
We are looking to recruit 75 volunteers ages 16 and up to perform basic weatherization tasks such as installing weather stripping, caulking, and applying plastic film to windows in 12 area homes.
On September 17th Fairfield Sustainability Coordinator Scott Timm will facilitate a quick hands-on training for all volunteers lasting 1-1.5 hours, thereby ensuring everyone a basic understanding of project tasks.
The main event will be Saturday, September 24 from 9:00am and lasting until the weatherization tasks are completed, generally around 2:00pm. A pizza lunch will be served at noon at the First Christian Church for participants to refuel and enjoy one anothers company. If you are interested in joining a team and getting involved, call 641-209-9045 and speak with Molly or 641-919-4752 to talk with JoBeth.