RSVP a great help for area seniors
RIFLE, Colorado ” For almost 40 years, High Country RSVP has been providing volunteer help from local senior citizens to benefit senior citizens throughout the valley.
High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) was sponsored and started, at about the same time as Colorado Mountain College, for seniors wishing to help other seniors, according to Cheryl Cain, director of RSVP.
“RSVP was actually the original seniors program,” Cain said. “It was some seniors early on that said, hey, we need to do some volunteer stuff for seniors.”
So they went to CMC and asked for assistance to write a grant.
From RSVP, grew the Senior Nutrition Program with meal sites up and down the valley and The Traveler bus service to help seniors get to those meal sites.
All three programs are thriving and two of the three were taken over and are now administered through Garfield County.
RSVP volunteers do everything from helping seniors with their prescriptions through the Medicare D counseling program, aiding seniors during the tax season, and assistance through the new Helping Hands for Seniors program that started this fall in which volunteers will go to people’s homes and do everything from raking leaves, trimming bushes, helping plant flower gardens, do some snow shoveling or even just replacing a light bulb.
“We recently put in a handrail for a man who couldn’t leave his upper level house because he couldn’t get down the steps,” Cain said. “We can’t do fantastically big projects right now, but we have certain things we can do. You don’t think that somebody can’t do something so simple until you can’t do it yourself.”
Most of the RSVP volunteers are 55 years or older, although younger volunteers are also now being sought.
“We do need to do background checks and we send (the volunteers) out two at a time for their own protection,” Cain said.
High Country RSVP is asking $1,500 in donations this year to help all of its programs and for items such as computer and technology equipment to shovels, rakes and to pay for the cost of background checks.
For more information on how to sign up as an RSVP volunteer or to receive services, call Cheryl Cain at 970-947-8462 or e-mail to email@example.com.
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