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Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands                            September 2017
 
 Our Volunteers
Thank you and Good Bye
     
  
Carol & Dick Aimone with Ann Gallagher
 Senior Corps RSVP Volunteers Lead with Experience, but eventually the time comes for volunteers to retire.  
 
Carol and Dick Aimone:  After retiring from careers with Aero Tech Industries in Connecticut, Carol and Dick Aimone moved to Cape Cod. Looking for what to do next, they both registered as RSVP Volunteers with the Adults Benefiting Children (ABC) program. Carol and Dick began volunteering at Harwich Elementary in 2011; helping with book clubs for grades one through four. They  will be moving, but hope to find a
volunteer opportunity with children in their new community. "We have found the
experience both rewarding and enjoyable" Carol said.  From the years of volunteering they have many memories and interesting stories of the students they have worked with.  Ann Gallagher, Three R's Coordinator, said "both Carol and Dick have been reliable, knowledgeable and dedicated to the students with whom they worked. We all will miss them." The RSVP Staff would like to thank Carol and Dick for their years of service here on Cape Cod, and we know they will continue to Lead with Experience.  
 
Lucille T. Perodeau:   Lucille is "retiring" from her volunteer work at the Consumer Assistance Council after 13 years and putting in over 1400 volunteer hours.
Marie C. Clougher, Executive Director writes:   "All of us currently serving here at Consumer Assistance Council, Inc. would like to publicly express our collective gratitude to  Lucille T. Perodeau for her decades of service to the consumers of the Cape and Islands.  Lucille brought such joy to everyone here, while she cheerfully worked her advocacy magic between disputants  that most always resulted in staggering recoupments for her clients.  Lucille will long be remembered for her many and varied contributions to our wonderful organization.   She will be  a tough one to replace and CAC will be lucky to find a volunteer as dedicated as she to fill the void left by her in our hearts and in the office; nevertheless,  all of us here at CAC wish Lucille  'fair winds and following seas' on her next volunteer adventure."  The RSVP Staff would also like to say Thank you and Good Luck, Lucille!  
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These surveys are also required for our reports to CNCS to help us comply with funding requirements and to ensure continued funding for this important program.  Please complete this survey by September 30, 2017. Thank you!

Senior Corps RSVP News




We are Collecting Box Tops for Education !
You can Find Box Tops on hundreds of products. Clip Box Tops from the package and Send or Drop off at the RSVP office at Elder Services in South Dennis.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps local schools purchase much needed supplies and equipment.  Box Tops will be distributed to schools on Cape Cod who partner with our 3R's program. Contact Ann Gallagher at 508-394-4630 for more information.    
 
Do you have extra Knitting Needles you are no longer using?  Consider donating them to RSVP.  3R's Volunteers teach local students a variety of enrichment activities, including knitting.  Knitting Needles are given to students to keep at the end of the year, so that they can continue to practice their new skills.  We are looking for needle sizes 6, 7 or 8, but all sizes and styles welcome.  Donations can be dropped off at the Elder Services Office at 68 Route 134; South Dennis.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy Henderson at 508-394-4630. 

Community Announcements
Barcaloungers, toilet bowls, rubber boots, pieces of fishing net, truck tires, industrial tubing, milk crates, vinyl siding, and thousands and thousands of cigarette butts-these are some of the items found during Massachusetts COASTSWEEP cleanups every September.
COASTSWEEP is part of an annual event to raise awareness and clean coastal beaches.  In Massachusetts, volunteers have been pitching in to clean up stretches of beaches, marshes, seafloor, and riverbanks since 1987 as part of COASTSWEEP. The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) event began with 391 volunteers who collected almost two tons of debris along 40 miles of coastline. The annual cleanup has grown over the years-in 2016, 2,563 volunteers cleaned 164 miles of coastline, river bank, marsh, seafloor, and lakeshore in Massachusetts-collecting more than 13,780 pounds of debris from 107 locations. In total 147,654 items were collected. 
For a list of clean up sites and information about how to get involved in your area, contact Stefanie Paventy: 508-968-5125 or Anita Lord : 508-394-4630
 

 Dennis Conservation Trust
will hold its annual Rubber Duck Race on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 am, rain or shine!  The duck race is family friendly, free to attend, with children's events and a lunch to benefit the DCT.  Launch site is the Sand Bar Restaurant in West Dennis.                
Buy a rubber duck for $10 donation.
Enter the race!  Join in the fun!    
For more information, click here! 
  
   
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   
Learn More...    
           
 Welcome New Volunteer Station: CORD
The Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD) has been aggressively working since 1984 to advance the independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities, including deaf and hard of hearing people, into mainstream society. You may want to contact CORD if :
  • You want to learn more about your disabled child's educational rights;
  • You are a disabled adult needing information on vocational rehabilitation, Social Security, Medicaid, Section 8 Housing, or the PCA program;
  • You are an individual, a community agency, or a business in need of technical assistance regarding the ADA;
  • You or a family member want to leave an institution, such as a nursing home, to pursue a more independent life....and much more.
Multiple volunteers are needed to support their Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteer opportunities include helping to inventory and stock the food pantry; load the bus for distribution; drive the Mobile Food Pantry bus; help distribute food at various distribution locations; and assist individuals in registering for services. For more information about volunteering with CORD, contact Linda or Amy.  



 
Join the Senior Corps RSVP Radon Testing Team!
                 
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can seep into homes. Radon has been considered the second leading cause of lung cancer and leading environmental cause of cancer mortality.   The only way to know how much Radon is present in the air in your home is to perform a test.
Senior Corps RSVP will be holding radon training on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:30am for all volunteers who are interested in assisting with testing this year. It's quick & easy to do. Training will be led by Lisa Hebert, Technical Radon Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Program and held at Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands (68 Route 134, South Dennis) in Conference Room A.
For more information or to register, contact Anita Lord at 508-394-4630, ext. 523 or by email at anita.lord@escci.org.
 
     
 
   
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 linda.merrill@escci.org in the address box & send. Quick & easy!  Click here for a 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 volunteer stories to include in our quarterly newsletter, as well as the Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands Annual Report. 
Please click here to send stories to Amy Henderson at amy.henderson@escci.org