Responding to Community Needs Through Volunteerism
Chester County Grant
RSVP to Expand Programs into Chester County
For Immediate Release: Blue Bell, PA – March 14, 2016. RSVP (formerly known as RSVP of Montgomery County) recently received funding from the Corporation for National & Community Service to expand their award-winning programs into Chester County.
RSVP will begin recruiting volunteers to support three immediate areas of need in local Chester County communities. Their Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC) program will offer free consultations to local nonprofits wishing to expand their operating capacity and knowledge. VEC is comprised of retired as well as current business executives who utilize their broad skills to help grow and strengthen nonprofits.
Another area of focus for RSVP will be food security. Meals-on-Wheels drivers, packers and meal-preparers are a critical component supporting the health for many local homebound seniors. Several local agencies working toward food security need volunteer support.
RSVP’s child literacy program, America Reads, needs reading coaches for K-4th grade students in Chester County school districts. Volunteers are assigned to classroom teachers and work together to support, encourage and coach students to read with better understanding and enthusiasm, helping students to read on grade level by 4th grade.
Members of the Chester County community, including seniors, recent retirees and corporate employees, are invited to contact RSVP to learn about volunteer possibilities for individuals and groups. Opportunities include virtual tutoring from any computer location to support struggling math students as well as veterans through a workforce development program, an excellent volunteer activity for corporate employees. RSVP is seeking STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals to make dynamic presentations to middle and high school students to inspire careers in those fields.
The organization will host Volunteer Information Sessions in Chester County the coming weeks to help community residents learn about the volunteer roles they can take to improve their communities. For more information visit www.rsvpmc.org or call (610) 834-1040, ext. 123.
RSVP has been serving the region for more than 40 years through varied programs supporting our area’s most vulnerable populations, such as disadvantaged preschool children, at-risk youth, the elderly, those with low literacy skills, veterans and retirees, as well as by providing support to area nonprofits. The organization engages some 1,400 volunteers and partners with more than 200 community-based nonprofits. # # #