Responding to Community Needs Through Volunteerism
Awards and Distinctions
- Six RSVP of Montgomery County volunteers received awards from Senior Corps of PA for outstanding contributions to the community.
- An RSVP Protege mentor and his student were featured on CBS News' Brotherly Love segment. Two other RSVP volunteers were recognized on CBS-TV segments featuring the Family Literacy and Homefriends programs airing in 2009.
- 28 RSVP volunteers were recognized at an event honoring their 20+ years of service. Each volunteer received a personalized letter of commendation from Governor Ed Rendell.
- RSVP of Montgomery County received the Opportunity Knocks People's Choice Award: Best Nonprofit to Work For Winner.
- RSVP volunteer received Senior Corps of PA Volunteer of the Year Award for mentoring a severely at-risk student for seven years. Other Senior Corps awards included an RSVP Eldercare Corps volunteer for assisting the elderly with home repairs and RSVP's Volunteer Executive Consultants program for providing technology assistance to nonprofit organizations.
- RSVP volunteer was honored by the PA Department of Aging for helping hundreds of seniors sort through their Medicare and supplementary insurance options through RSVP’s APPRISE health insurance counseling program.
- RSVP volunteer was named Volunteer of the Year by Open Line, an agency which provides services including counseling, employment assistance and GED training to residents of the Upper Perkiomen Valley.
- RSVP volunteer received the Daily Point of Light Award from the National Points of Light Foundation . Her accomplishments include working tirelessly on behalf of the elderly and young including mentoring two pregnant/parenting teens.
- RSVP volunteer received the annual Keenan Service Award from Montgomery County’s Office on Aging and Adult Services for his contributions to the community particularly as an RSVP APPRISE health insurance counselor providing invaluable advice to seniors regarding Medicare.
- RSVP of Montgomery County received the Humanitarian Organization of the Year Award from the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
- RSVP volunteer was honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a Spirit of Service Award finalist for his outstanding dedication to three youth whom he mentors on a one-on-one basis through RSVP’s Protégé program.
- RSVP volunteer received the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families’ “Unsung Heroine Award” for her many volunteer activities addressing human and community needs.
- RSVP volunteer was named the Colonial Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds Award honoree for the 80-90 hours a month she volunteers predominantly in the area of domestic violence.
- Representative from the Corporation for National and Community Service visited staff and mentors in RSVP’s Protégé Mentoring Program to use it as a successful model for other mentoring initiatives.
- RSVP’s Literacy Coordinator received a Lifetime of Literacy Award at the fifth annual GED Graduation Celebration sponsored by the Montgomery County Literacy Network, which she co-founded in 1991.
- RSVP literacy volunteer received a second place community service award from the Senior Corps of Pennsylvania.
- RSVP Protégé mentor and his student, with whom he has been meeting since middle school and who is now a sophomore in college, were featured in a video on WHYY to commemorate National Mentoring Month.
- RSVP’s Protégé Coordinator received a 76'ers Hometown Heroes Award after being nominated by The Greater Philadelphia Mentoring Partnership for her outstanding work recruiting and matching senior volunteers as one-on-one mentors to elementary, middle, and high school students whose potential is compromised by difficult life circumstances.
- An RSVP volunteer was chosen to receive the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families’ “Unsung Hero Award” for her multiple volunteer efforts.
- RSVP’s Volunteer Executive Consultants Program was named a Program of National Significance by the Corporation for National and Community Service, as was RSVP’s RESPONSE Program, a homeland security initiative in 2002, RSVP’s Protégé mentoring program in 2000, RSVP’s America Reads Initiative in 1998, RSVP’s Family Literacy Volunteer Project in 1995 and RSVP’s Homefriends Program in 1990.
- RSVP’s Executive Director, Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC) Program Coordinator, and two VEC volunteers were invited by the Corporation for National and Community Service to make a presentation at the National Points of Light Conference in Baltimore, MD. The workshop focused on VEC’s unique services and team approach to management consultations.
- A delegation of five from the Osaka, Japan Voluntary Action Center chose to visit RSVP of Montgomery County as they plan to start a “Senior Volunteer Development Project.”
- Both RSVP’s APPRISE and Volunteer Ombudsman Program received Volunteer Service Awards from Montgomery County’s Office on Aging and Adult Services.
- An RSVP volunteer received the daily National Points of Light Award for his work with Head Start families through RSVP’s Family Literacy Volunteer Project.
- An RSVP volunteer was selected as the Montgomery County winner of The Philadelphia Foundation’s Community Star Award for his extensive volunteer work with children.
- An RSVP volunteer received the “Helping Hand Award” from Montgomery County’s Office on Aging and Adult Services for building wheel chair ramps and making home repairs for frail elderly men and women through RSVP’s Eldercare Corps.
- An RSVP volunteer received the “Senior Advocacy Volunteer Award” from Montgomery County’s Office on Aging and Adult Services for counseling seniors about health insurance through RSVP’s APPRISE Program.
- RSVP’s mentoring program, Protégé, was highlighted in America’s Promise’s Report to the Nation.
- RSVP staff and a disabled RSVP volunteer were asked to present at a national conference in Albuquerque on building collaboration between the disabled community and all streams of service.
- RSVP’s PROUD (Parent’s Record: My Own Unique Diary) book was published by Laubach’s New Reader Press.
- The National Senior Service Corps Director made the keynote speech at RSVP’s Annual Leadership Conference.
- RSVP volunteer received the Daily National Point of Light Award and RSVP’s PROUD Book received the Daily National Point of Light Award.
- RSVP volunteer won honorable mention in Laubach Literacy’s Patricia Clair Brown Volunteer Awards.
- CAPS (Citizens As Problem Solvers), a Service-Learning collaboration with the Norristown Area School District, received the Corporation for National Service Partnerships in Service Award.
- RSVP volunteer received JCPenney’s 1996 National Volunteer Retiree Award, which inlcuded a generous contribution to RSVP of Montgomery County, Inc.
- RSVP volunteer won U.S. Healthcare’s Young at Heart Award.
- RSVP volunteer received the Annual Golden Deeds Award from the Exchange Club of Plymouth Whitemarsh. Another RSVP volunteer received this award in 1994.
- CAPS won First Prize and Honorable Mention at the National Service Learning Conference.
- RSVP literacy tutor received a Laubach Literacy National Award for Excellence. He also received Dept. of Health and Human Services 1992 Literacy Partnership Award for tutoring high school dropouts.
- RSVP Board President testified at U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing as the selected representative of 750 Retired Senior Volunteer Programs nationwide.
- RSVP received First Annual Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Leadership Award for assistance in the development of the Fund, which helps families of critically ill children.