RSVP Digest

August 2022
Volume 1: Issue 2
Janet McCoy, RSVP Manager
Summer is coming to an end and autumn is just around the corner. Like January, August is often a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. Our summer vacations are ending and grandchildren are returning to school.
RSVP in Escambia County is also experiencing a fresh start. This initiative is funded by an AmeriCorps Seniors grant and a three-year cycle ended on June 30, 2022. So we are in the first quarter of a new grant cycle extending through June 2025.

RSVP will be rebooting, revising, and/or re-energizing numerous parts of the program based on new government regulations and the lessons learned from the pandemic. Please let me know if you would like a voice in those changes.

At the moment, we need RSVP members, agency staff, and community representatives to serve on the Advisory Council. RSVP members are also needed to help plan December's holiday party.

Please consider these opportunities to give back to RSVP and the community agencies we support. Contact to volunteer.

Yours in Community Service,

Upcoming RSVP Monthly Lunches

  • October 25 @ UWWF Community Room - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Speaker: Marti Hearn, SHINE Liaison for NW Florida Area Agency on Aging on "Avoiding Medicare Fraud"

  • November 16 @ DeVilliers Square - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Speaker: Gladys Scott, Founder of Sisters of Hope Center
  • Speaker: Venessa Mayes, Executive Director of The Global Corner

  • December 14 @ UWWF Community Room - 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Members' Holiday Party
  • Volunteers are needed for the planning committee
Volunteer Station Spotlight: VITA

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is already recruiting tax preparers for the 2023 season. For RSVP members, this is an opportunity to:
  • Update your skills and receive IRS certification
  • Mentor young professionals just beginning their careers
  • Help your neighbors while supporting financial stability

There will be a "Meet and Greet" to learn about VITA:
  • Wednesday, August 31 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • UWWF Community Room at 1301 W. Government Street
  • Food by Newks
Contact: Mike Eveland at or (850) 912-8245
Volunteer Spotlight: RSVP Lunch

RSVP members and guests celebrated National Hotdog Month at their July lunch in the Community Room at the United Way of West Florida. Thank you to Publix for supplying the picnic fixings and Greg Ammon for serving as Grill Master.

RSVP members also made table decorations for the 2022 UWWF Annual Meeting. They created movie-themed décor in black, red and gold. Thank you RSVP volunteers!
RSVP Lunch_July 2022
Greg Ammon, 211/FVSL Care Coordinator, serves as Grill Master with support from Mary White, Development Manager.
RSVP Lunch_July 2022
RSVP members Amy Miller and "Rocco" Kugelman prepare shining stars for the centerpieces at the UWWF Annual Meeting.
A Tip for Health
August is National Wellness Month
Glass of Water #2
Drink More Water
Stretch or Practice Yoga
Question Mark 2
Try Something New
Athletic Shoes
Prioritize Exercise
Road Signs #2
Pay Attention
Healthy Food #3
Eat Healthier Food