RSVP Digest

July 2022
Volume 1: Issue 1
Janet McCoy, RSVP Manager
Welcome to the first issue of the first volume of the new newsletter, "RSVP Digest." This publication will be distributed near the beginning of each month for members and supporters of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Escambia County.
July is a busy month for RSVP members. Lots of new opportunities are being posted on the "Get Connected" volunteer platform that matches volunteers to service needs. This includes the upcoming "Stuff the Bus" event to collect school supplies for Escambia and Santa Rosa School Districts on July 21.

July is also when preparations are made for the Annual Meeting for United Way of West Florida. Tickets for this August 11 event are $20/person. The theme is "Meet Us on the Red Carpet." RSVP members will make the centerpieces for this movie-themed event at their monthly luncheon on July 27.

Contact me at to learn more about RSVP and how to become involved as a RSVP member or host site for volunteers. Happy July!
Monthly RSVP Lunch: Learn and Serve
Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
UWWF Community Room / 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola
National Hot Dog Month
Learn about VITA
Tax Assistance Program
Make Centerpieces
UWWF's Annual Meeting
Agency Spotlight: ReadyKids!
Photo: Therese Bottum, ReadingPals Mentor
ReadyKids! is part of a the statewide ReadingPals early literacy initiative. Volunteers are needed one hour per week during the school year to mentor a four-year-old Pre-K student using books, puzzles, and Play-Doh.
Volunteer mentors can serve at these ReadingPals Partner Sites in 2022-23:
  • C.A. Weis Elementary School, 2701 N. "Q" Street
  • Global Learning Academy, 100 N. "P" Street
  • Montclair Elementary School, 820 Massachusetts Avenue
  • O. J. Semmes Elementary School, 1250 E. Texar Drive
  • West Pensacola Elementary School, 801 N. 49th Avenue
  • Community Action Head Start, 8570 N. Davis Highway
Contact: Kristy Craig at or (850) 380-3652
Volunteer Spotlight: RSVP Lunch

RSVP members and guests made "Cute Critter" table favors for clients at UWWF partner agencies at the June "RSVP Lunch: Learn and Serve." Plastic eggs were used as the base. Ribbon, yarn, felt, pipe cleaners, and wiggle eyes were added to create critters with unique personalities!
RSVP members Barbara Sawyer and Laureen Wicker with RSVP Manager Janet McCoy.
RSVP members Walter and Mary Wallace with RSVP Manager Janet McCoy.
A Tip for Financial Health
Florida Tax Holidays
Children’s Books
May 14 to August 14, 2022

Baby and Toddler
Clothes and Shoes
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Children's Diapers
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Back-to-School (clothes, shoes, backpacks, school supplies)
July 25 to August 7, 2022
Energy Star Appliances (washer, dryer, water heater, refrigerator)
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Impact Resistant
Windows, Doors, Garage Doors
July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024

Tools & Home Improvement Items
September 3 to 9, 2022

Fuel (25.3 cents per gallon of gas)
October 1 to 31, 2022