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Who we are
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program connects adults age 55 and older with the people and organizations that need them most. RSVP matches volunteers’ skills, talents, interests and time availability with appropriate volunteer assignments such as mentoring, coaching, providing companionship to people in need and contributing job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.

Congress passed the Older American’s Act in 1969 and RSVP was established in 1971 to create volunteer opportunities for the senior population to be a resource to address community needs.

Contributors
RSVP is sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado, and receives funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Weld County, Colorado Division of Insurance, Wells Fargo and private donors.

What we do
RSVP provides opportunities for Americans age 55 and older to serve neighbors in their communities,. These opportunities include:

•America Reads trains RSVP volunteers who can provide 30-minute tutoring sessions, twice a week for 30 weeks per year, to students in kindergarten through fourth grade who are reading below grade level and need individual help to improve reading proficiency.

• Volunteers assist in preparing mailings for civic and nonprofit agencies by helping with the Bulk Mailing Service.

• In the (SHOP) Seniors Helping Other People Program,volunteers do minor home repairs for seniors and handicapped individuals.

• Through Project Connect (Connecting Our Neighbors Needing Encouraging Caring Talk), volunteers provide telephone reassurance to homebound or disabled individuals.

• Trained volunteers assist seniors with Medicare issues through the Medicare Insurance Program.

• Through the Grocery Shopping Service, volunteers fill grocery orders at a local grocery store for homebound individuals.

• RSVP also partners with 115 volunteer stations, such as senior centers, public schools, city museums and many other community entities in Weld County to offer a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers.

Research/Scholarship
Data are routinely collected on the America Reads Program and submitted as part of outcomes and goals reported to the United Way of Weld County and to the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program is supervised by a UNC student who assists in data collection from 32 elementary schools in Weld County. During the 2007-2008 school year, at least 300 students enrolled in the America Reads Program increased their reading proficiency.

Education/Outreach
RSVP provides volunteers with orientation, training and placement services, teaching and learning new skills, building new friendships, on-duty accident and liability insurance, recognition awards and events, mileage reimbursement and a bimonthly news letter.

Distinctions
The Weld County RSVP has received several awards including the Greeley/ Weld County Senior Award, Group Publishing Community Service Award, Public Service Senior Award, JC Penny Golden Rule Award, Public Service Seniors Award, Colorado Cares Service Award and United Way Volunteer of Excellence.

Facilities
RSVP is housed in Brown Hall on President's Row on UNC’s central campus. Please go to the northwest doors and ring the door bell.

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