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Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands                                   November 2017
Senior Corps RSVP Volunteers
Honoring Veteran's Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Thank You to Our Veterans
The Corporation for National and Community Service and the Senior Corps RSVP program  commemorate National Veterans and Military Families Month and Veterans Day on Saturday, November  11 - a fitting tribute as we enter this season of thanks.

Flower Angels Annual Veterans Buddy Project honored 425 Veterans residing in nursing homes, assisted living centers and hospice facilities here on Cape Cod this week.  Flower Angel volunteers and local Veterans paired up to deliver honor bouquets with flags to these special heroes who served our country.  Volunteers Corporal E4 Bill Creighton, a Viet Nam Veteran, and Corporal E4 Al Boragine, a Veteran of WWII and both members of Marine Corps League Detachment 125, in uniform, delivered bouquets and flags to Veterans at Pleasant Bay Nursing Home 

Thank you for your service.
Volunteer Opportunities
Click on the following link for the latest list of  Volunteer Opportunities, trainings and upcoming events throughout Cape Cod & the Islands. See  something interesting?  Call Linda or Amy for more info:  508-394-4630   
   The Audible Local Ledger (ALL) in Mashpee is an affiliate of the Massachusetts Reading Service, a special state-wide radio information network that provides the reading of daily newspapers, current periodicals, shopping guides, best selling books, and calendars of community events previously available only in print.  ALL broadcasts this material over closed-circuit radio stations and cable TV audio channelsAny print deprived person is eligible for this service and there is no charge except the purchase of a special receiver.   
   Volunteers are the core of the ALL.  With as little as an hour or two a week and a little training, you can share your love of reading with hundreds of listeners throughout the Cape and Islands in a unique and rewarding way.  Readers are needed for 2 hour shifts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, at 8:00 am.  Basic computer skills are required.  Would you lend your voice to the Audible Local Ledger?    Contact Linda for more information. 
   Salvation Army Holiday Programs    
It's A Wonderful Time Of The Year! 
Volunteers are needed to help with the "Dress A Live Doll" and "Toy Shop" holiday programs at the 100 North Street, Hyannis location.  Volunteers "bag & tag" gifts from sponsors and distribute gift bags and toys to families.  Work a two hour shift on a designated day.  Dates and times  are as follows: 
      Receive gift bags from sponsors:  Monday, Nov. 27 thru Monday, Dec. 4
        Distribute gift bags to families:  Tuesday, Dec. 5 thru Thursday, Dec. 7
        Distribute toy bags to families:  Monday, Dec. 11 thru Thursday, Dec. 21 
          Shifts are  9am - 11:00 am , 11:00 - 1:00 pm,  &  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 If you would like more information or are interested in working a shift, please     contact Linda Merrill-Contonio at 508-394-4630 x522 or click here to email Linda..
   Do you like to wrap gifts?
Volunteers are needed to gift wrap books and gifts at the Barnes & Noble Book Store at Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.  The donations received will help to purchase books for students in the 3R's summer reading program.  Two volunteers needed per shift.  Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:   Saturday, Dec. 23, 9am - 12 noon & noon - 3pm.  Also Sunday, Dec. 24, 12 noon to 3 pm.  If you can help, please contact Ann Gallagher at 508-394-4630 x 521 or click here to email Ann.  
Your Volunteering Counts!
Record Your Volunteer Hours  
Reminder : You can now send in your timesheet without leaving your desk!  Click on the following link.  You can fill out the time sheet, hit the save button, and hit the send button (looks like envelope on tool bar) hit send copy, default/continue, put in the address box & hit send.   Click here for volunteer timesheet.  

Help us tell the story about the impact of RSVP Volunteers
Do you have a story from your volunteer experience that you would like to share? We are looking for stories to include in our quarterly newsletter, as well as the Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands Annual Report.   Please send stories to Amy Henderson at

Senior Corps RSVP News
Get Your Home Tested for Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can build up to harmful levels in your home.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  Radon is easily detected and high levels can be reduced.  Testing must be done during winter months when homes are closed up and the air is not changing due to open windows and doors. 
Trained volunteers from the Senior Environment Corps will be conducting Radon test this winter for all interested homeowners.  The cost is $30 and includes all test materials and lab fees.  Confidential results will be mailed to you within 15 days. 
For more information or to schedule an in-home test, call 508-394-4630, ext. 524. A Senior Corps staff member will return your call.   

Your Holiday Shopping Can Help Support RSVP
On December 15, any purchases made at Barnes and Noble at the Cape Cod Mall using our assigned Bookfair ID (12268405) will help raise money for the RSVP 3R's program to buy books for the students who are participate in book clubs this year. The ID can also be used at the cafe inside Barnes and Noble or online.  Watch your inbox in the upcoming weeks for a certificate containing the Bookfair ID, that you can bring to the store with you.

Thankful For All Of Our Volunteers
  Save the Date!
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of RSVP of Cape Cod and the Islands,
our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held on     
May 15, 2018
at the Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis.
More information to follow!



from  Amy, Linda, Ann, Stefanie, & Anita
Senior Corps RSVP staff