Edition: April 2015

Editor:  Tina Weaver


Our Website:  www.rsvpmc.org


Newsletter Table of Contents


Welcome Delaware County Volunteers!

Hello and welcome to the new RSVP - now serving Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties!

Earlier this month, RSVP of Montgomery County was awarded a grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service to engage volunteers in Delaware County. We will now be known simply as RSVP.

Your time and your hard work have made Delaware County a better place to live and work and we thank you! We recognize the positive impact that RSVP volunteers have made in Delaware County for the last 40+ years and we want to support your efforts to continue this valuable community resource.

Over the next few months we will be reaching out to current Delaware County volunteers and stations; we want the changeover to new RSVP management to be as smooth as possible.


Spring is Here
New Beginnings Await

After a long and cold winter, we all need a little revitalization and excitement. What better way to celebrate spring than to use that energy and passion to change the world. And that's exactly what volunteers do!

We are looking forward to working together to explore new opportunities. Please visit our website www.rsvpmc.org to learn about our programs and activities. We also host Volunteer Orientation meetings where the public is invited to learn about current opportunities in their communities. Volunteer Orientations will also be held in Delaware County locations in the coming months. Meetings are held twice a month. The next meetings are April 21st from 1-3pm and May 14th from 1-3pm. To see the schedule, visit the website or call (610) 834-1040, x 123 or email volunteer123@rsvpmc.org.  


What Are You Doing This Summer?
Help Someone

If your regular assignment is located in a school and you have summers off, why not consider helping a senior get to and from a doctor appointment or grocery store or help an adult improve their literacy skills to expand their employment opportunities. Read about Ike Manuel, an RSVP volunteer, and his role in helping adult students secure apprenticeships. 




Apprise News
Turning 65?

To enroll in Medicare, most people need to contact Social Security directly. Do this before your 65th birthday to avoid a lapse in health coverage. You have a 7-month window around your 65th birthday to enroll. This is called the Initial Enrollment Period.  


Volunteer Opportunities
Where You Are Needed Most
Please Let Us Know If You Are Bilingual


  • Looking for a way to help veterans? Math tutors are needed to work virtually with veterans who are returning to civilian life or returning to school in order to improve their job skills through our Veterans Upward Bound workforce development program. Volunteers are also needed as friendly visitors for veterans.

  •  Like math? Volunteers are needed to tutor students in pre-algebra math through our virtual tutoring program, My Free Tutor. And tutors are needed to visit classrooms in Lansdale and Horsham.  Are you bilingual? Even better!

  • Volunteers needed in Community Links Program for nature centers, thrift shops, food pantries and for those with current clearances, meals-on-wheels and therapeutic horse riding. Many other opportunities are available in your community. Check out  Community Links Program.


Spotlight Volunteer/Partner
Alan Frankel


Alan joined RSVP seven years ago as a volunteer in the Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC) program. His career spanned 40 years in the equipment and leasing industry. He is a recognized industry leader, particularly in the area of healthcare equipment leasing.


Do You Volunteer With Children?
New Requirements


Beginning in January, 2015 Pennsylvania law requires additional self-certifications or FBI fingerprint-based background checks for volunteers who are working with children. You should be receiving a form letter from Tony Giunta that we ask you to fill out and return asap. Thank you! 



New Volunteer Handbook
Check it Out


Please read through our new Volunteer Handbook for detailed information on benefits, responsibilities and assignment selection. There's also a FAQ section.


 It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the contents of the Volunteer Handbook. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Margi Cunning at margic@rsvpmc.org or call 610-834-1040 x123.



Upcoming Events
Save These Dates 


 Volunteer Recognition Reception

On April 15th we will hold our annual Volunteer Recognition Reception from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Meadowood Senior Living, 3205 Skippack Pike in Worcester. Watch for your invitation and please let us know if you can make it!


If you would like to congratulate our awardees in our program book, there's still time.         Contact peggym@rsvpmc.org.


Run Wild 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk

On October 4th, at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, come to RSVP's 10th Anniversary Run Wild in Elmwood Park Zoo.  If you aren't a runner, please become a volunteer or consider sponsorship! Email Peggy at peggym@rsvpmc.org


Memorials and Celebrations
We Are Grateful For Your Thoughtfulness 


 In Memory Of: 

Leonard Burka from Gordon & Ellen Lawrence

Edward Cohen from Alan & Joan Kober

Eleanore Friday, mother of Pam Friday from Deanna & Ira Roth

Morton Kovalsky from Mary Lou Reich

Barbara Luckenbach from Marie Bade

Junanita Scipio from Adelaide Sugarman & Marshall Greenberg

Jim Sutor from Adelaide Sugarman & Marshall Greenberg

Jane Voss, Volunteer and Board Member from Adelaide Sugarman & Marshall Greenberg

Bill Yeager from Janice Lasak


In Celebration Of: 

Carolyn Dearnaley from Ruth Aschmann

Rick DeVirgillis from Deanna & Ira Roth

Pam Friday from Deanna & Ira Roth

Phyllis Kohn's Birthday from Alan & Joan Kober

Claire Porter from Gwendolyn Blaylock

Clarence Rader from Claire Hawkins  


RSVP - Now Serving Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties