The national focus areas that RSVP serves are Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures of vulnerable populations, serving Veterans and their families and Capacity Building for our local non-profit agencies.
Along with meeting needs in those areas the following programs were developed to meet needs in our local community. Click on one of the links below to read more about each program.
PROJECT YOUNG MINDS. (Education and Healthy Futures) This program is designed to enrich the lives of youth by utilizing the time and talents of adult volunteers. With ongoing changes in today's family structure, third party intervention plays a vital role in fostering educational achievement. Some at-risk behavior and even health-related illnesses are preventable by assisting young students at the earliest possible stages.
Several opportunities are available through Project Young Minds...
TUTORING in reading, math and general homework help is needed in a variety of settings and in every school district in the county. No experience is necessary, just a love of children and the desire to make a difference in their lives. Materials are provided.
MENTORING is an opportunity to let a young person know that someone cares about their in life. The matches take place at school - meet for lunch or at another time during the school day to participate in an activity. The commitment is about 1 or 2 hours per week.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS are in need of volunteers to play games, share a skill or hobby, help with reading or homework. Help youth improve their academic performance, develop socialization skills and increase their self -esteem
MAKING THE RIDE HAPPEN (Healthy Futures supporting independance of seniors) Lutheran Social Services program called Making the Ride Happen is supported by RSVP volunteer drivers. If you can spare a 1/2 day to help a homebound senior get to medical appointments, social activities or run errands, please ask about how to make the ride happen!
ELDERMATCH VOLUNTEERS. (Healthy Futures supporting independent seniors) Lutheran Social Services with the help of RSVP ElderMatch volunteers work to meet the needs of homebound individuals. All that is required is a smile and a friendly face. Training is provided. This important service, along with other "friendly visiting" in nursing homes and at assisted living facilities, enriches the lives of our seniors.
VOLUNTEER CENTER PROJECT TEAM.(Building capacity of local non-profit organizations). Over 30 area non-profit agencies benefit from the assistance in bulk mailings, stuffing bags, folding inserts for the newspaper, applying labels to bike helmets for kids, and more. This is a great opportunity for those who can't commit to a regular schedule and those who may have disabilities that limit their involvement. This is a very sociable group!
STRONG BONES (Healthy Futures) A collaborative effort with the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Centers)in Outagamie and Calumet counties. Training provided to RSVP volunteers interested in leading free-weight strength training classes to men and women.
Please contact the RSVP staff to discuss how your skills and interests can help meet community needs. Call (920) 832-9360 or e-mail at [email protected]