RSVP Signature Programs
Programs & Partnerships
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...
BABES (Beginning Awareness, Basic Education Studies) teaches area students about self-image, peer pressure, decision-making, coping skills, getting help and the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs. RSVP volunteers utilize a seven-week puppet presentation to get the messages across to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. If you want to perform behind the curtain, this is the program for you! Training is provided.
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
EVEP. (Capacity Building) The Experienced Volunteer Executives and Professionals Team is designed for those volunteers who have a professional skill that they want to use to help build the capacity of area non-profit agencies. This is a small but growing team. Some of the services that have been offered by these volunteers are website design, graphic design, marketing, public speaking, accounting and strategic planning.
ELDERMATCH VOLUNTEERS. (Healthy Futures supporting independent senior living) 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 MAILING TEAM. (Providing opportunities for those with physical limitations). 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!
DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM. (Disaster Services) Developed in 2009 as a response to the increased need for vaccination clinics, RSVP members have indicated their interest in serving in this capacity. Other assignments for this team are serving in the Volunteer Center's Volunteer Reception Center to assist in processing emergency volunteers who are responding in time of local disaster.
RSVP 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.
VETERANS SERVICES (Veterans & Military Families) RSVP staff is researching ways the volunteers can serve veterans & their families that meets the criteria established by the Corporation for National and Community Service. RSVP meembers are providing transportation for veterans, assisting in Veterans' Court and providing case management for the Veterans Council Emergency Fund.
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]