Volunteer Fox Cities will receive a grant to support its Senior Corps program. The three-year competitive, nationwide grant amounts to $84,143.
The Senior Corps program of the cooperation for National & Community Service is better known as the Retired & Senior Volunteer 55+ Program, or RSVP.
According to Volunteer Fox Cities, the RSVP program has existed since 1998.
RSVP covers Calumet and Outagamie counties, supporting 319 volunteers logging 61,162 volunteer hours. The organization also contributed $1,510,081 worth of economic impact back into the communities in 2018.
According to RSVP, what the organization does helps keep seniors physically and mentally active.
Carol Bloemer, RSVP Program Director, says:
“We have always supported programs for older adults. One of our largest partnerships is Make The Ride Happen, a program of Lutheran Social Services. Together, Make The Ride Happen and RSVP have recruited, placed and coordinated over 70 RSVP volunteer drivers that help get elderly participants to doctors’ appointments, grocery trips, etc. But this grant expands on this work.”
Volunteer Fox Cities connects volunteers to community needs in the Fox Cities region through outreach and education. RSVP uses the life experiences, skills and know-how of older Americans to meet the needs of our communities.