Edition: Fall 2016
Editors: Kasey Chatburn, Tina M.Weaver
Our Website:  www.rsvpmc.org
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 Mark the Date
Sunday, October 2nd at 9:00 am
11th Annual Run Wild & 1 Mile Walk
  at the Elmwood Park Zoo
   Please join us at this family friendly event and support our important programs benefiting 4,425 local children.
***** We would like to thank our 5K sponsors * ****


Our Open House
If you were able to join us we thank you for coming. We shared tasty treats, fun raffle prizes and a very special volunteer story telling session. The Guys 'N Gals serenaded us with timeless hits. If you missed the Open House feel free to stop in and visit any time. We're always happy to see you!
*Board members (and volunteers) Durante Footman (left) and Noah Borenstein (below) sharing their experiences and explaining why they love RSVP*

We're Hiring! 

We have a few positions open - maybe one is just right for you - or a friend?

  • Program coordinator for our virtual My Free Tutor program. Click idealist.org for position details.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA intern to offer community outreach for the My Free Tutor program. Click idealist.org for details.
  • APPRISE Medicare Counseling program support position.

To learn more please view job descriptions by clicking or contact micheles@rsvpmc.org 

Explore a World of Opportunities & Bring a Friend!
Learn about Volunteering or Share your Experiences as a Volunteer

Limited supply of gifts available at each session
to thank you for attending!  Curious? 
These friendly sessions help people interested in volunteering learn about exciting and valued opportunities in their own communities.
Presentations provide an overview of RSVP, outlines various programs and provides an opportunity to discuss assignments with program coordinators and staff.  Bring a friend along and enjoy light refreshments - you never know what you might find! 
(Please check website for last minute changes & updates) and please let us know if you can make it! 
Bala Cynwyd - October 6, November 3 and December 1 - from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm - Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd.  

Blue Bell/Wissahickon - November 9 - from 1:00 to 2:30 pm - Library, 650 W. Skippack Pike

Eddystone -
December 12 - from 1:00 to 2:30 pm - COSA, 206 Eddystone Ave, 2nd floor 
Now in Chester County!  
Exton - September 22, October 26 and December 7 - from noon to 2:00 pm - Exton Chamber of Commerce (in Exton Mall), 185 Exton Square Mall 
King of Prussia - September 13 and November 29 - from 10:00 am to noon - 901 E. 8th Avenue, Suite 200
Kulpsville - October 11, November 8 and December 13 - from 3:00 - 4:00 pm - North Penn United Way, 1715 Sumneytown Pike, Suite 203

Lansdale/Colmar - October 12 - from 1:00 to 2:30 pm - Community Partners Building, 2507 N. Broad St.

Media - September 28, October 20 and November 17 - from 1:00 to 2:30 pm - Municipal Center, 301 N. Jackson St.

Pennsburg - September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14 - from 8:00 to 11:00 am - Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA, 1399 Quakertown Rd.

Pottstown - October 18, November 15 and December 13 - from 9:30 - 11:30 am - Pottstown Hospital, 1600 E. High Street.

Souderton - December 15 - from 1:00 to 2:30 pm - Generations of Indian Valley, 529 N. Second St.
Please let us know if you can make it by calling Marguerite Cunning, Volunteer Coordinator (610) 834-1040, ext. 123 or email volunteer123@rsvpmc.org
There's never an obligation to enroll as a volunteer.
Please let us know that you're coming  
so that we can plan for your visit
Partnering with Corporations
Partnerships like these make our communities a better place to live   


If you would like to explore the benefits of becoming a corporate partner, please contact Michele Moll, Executive Director 
To view RSVP's Corporate Sponsorship package, click here.

RSVP welcomes Citadel, headquartered in Exton, PA as our new Diamond Level Corporate Partner.
C itadel is committed to giving back to the communities where their employees live and work.  
We also welcome Silver Level Partners:

Bronze Level Partners:   

And Sponsors: 


RSVP is a certified Educational Improvement Organization, providing innovative educational programming for public schools.
Through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) businesses in the state can receive up to a 90% tax credit by partnering with RSVP.  To learn more visit the EITC site or contact Tony Giunta
Get Involved!
Local blood banks and blood drives are a great way to
contribute a precious resource
to your community.
Did you know
. . .
  • Someone is in need of blood every two seconds
  • Blood type "O" is highly requested by hospitals
  • About 21 blood components are transfused every year
  • in the USA, 36,000 units of blood are needed every day



RSVP is proud to have partnered with the Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive.     On July 13th, the drive collected 89 units of blood providing about 267 patients with the blood components needed to save their lives. Thank you to everyone who supported this amazing cause and thank you to the Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive for your generous donation to RSVP!
RSVP volunteer opportunities:
  • Blood Drive Assistant
  • Blood Donor Ambassador
  • Blood Service Transporter
Ask us how you can help 
Contact Marguerite Cunning 
(610) 834-1040 ext 123  
Where Volunteers are Needed Most 
There are many important volunteer opportunities in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties. You may find you have some extra time on your hands when students are back in school. Give us a call and stay active!
  • Help a low income senior with just an hour of your time wheelbarrow-garden-woman.jpg
  • Become a driver or driver escort
  • Provide assistance at local thrift shops
  • Deliver donations to support domestic abuse victims
  • Like gardening? Grow veggies or maintain gardens
  • Guide visitors through nature centers and zoos
  • Assist at local food pantries and soup kitchens
  • Deliver meals along with a smile
  • Read to preschoolers and tutor students
  • Mentor an at-risk youth
  • Provide counseling to nonprofits
  • Help a student prepare to take the GED exam
  • Inspire a student by speaking about your career
  • Tutor a struggling math student or college-bound veteran virtually
  • Make a Difference!
  •  To learn how, contact Marguerite Cunning 610-834-1040, ext. 123
    Upcoming Events & Workshops
    Important Workshops for Nonprofits

    Principles of Fundraising - September 20, 2016 from 10:00 am to noon in our King of Prussia (KOP) office.   
    Learn how to develop an overall fundraising plan for your organization, the basics of foundation and corporate support as well as annual appeals.

    Grant Research & Writing: Secrets for Success - October 18, 2016
    from 10:00 am to noon in our KOP office.
    Win more grant funding from tips on effective research, early communication with funders, and persuasive proposal presentation.

    Marketing - November 15, 2016 from 10:00 am to noon in our KOP office.  
    Gain insights and an understanding of the importance of marketing your organization.

    To register for these workshops please contact Ruth Cella at (610) 834-1040, ext. 11
    VEC Program Sponsor

    Help On Call Snack & Learn
    September 22 at 10:00 to 11:30 am   
    We welcome Help on Call volunteers to our King of Prussia office.  We will discuss trends and share stories while enjoying sweet snacks. If you would like to learn how you can help a local senior, please join us.
    Let Maria Strohl know if you can make it - 610-834-1040 X29. Bring a friend!

    Family Literacy Volunteer Meeting
     October 19 at 2:00 to 4:00 pm

    Family Literacy volunteers will be meeting at our KOP office 
       for training & orientation for new and existing volunteers.
     If you would like to learn how you can help local preschool students
    learn to love books, please join us.  Contact Janis Glusman
    to reserve your spot.  Bring a friend!

    Montgomery County's
    October 13 to 29, 2016
    Purchase a ticket and explore the most unique, off-the-beaten path businesses in Montgomery county! Have fun shopping at artisan and craft shops, gift shops, home decor, a farm shop, floral and garden centers, a winery, cafes and restaurants and other fun locations! For more information or to buy your tickets visit www.shopmontcotour.com
    Tell a friend!

    $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to RSVP programs


    We Hope you will Remember us on
    Giving Tuesday
    The Global Day of Giving

    November 29, 2016

    Click on image to donate or visit our Facebook page!

    With your donations last year, we were able to purchase and donate 200 new books for eager preschoolers. 

    Thank you! 
     Celebrating our Amazing
    Delaware County Volunteers

    Our Delaware County Volunteer Celebration held on June 29th at the Springfield Country Club was spectacular! Thank you for coming and helping us celebrate our wonderful volunteers. We hope you enjoyed the day!

    We are very grateful to our event sponsor and partner

    Delaware County Volunteer Celebration
    More than 145 attendees joined together to recognize the invaluable contribution volunteers make in our communities every day. RSVP volunteers dedicate their talents and energy to programs benefiting the community with countless hours of their time. Recognizing these remarkable volunteers is one small way to acknowledge their great and enduring impact in our communities.

    Seven RSVP volunteers who have served more than 4,000 lifetime hours in our communities were recognized with the prestigious President's Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award, thanking them for their significant commitment to volunteering in our region. 
     Winners shown L to R: Michele Moll, RSVP Executive Director, Deloris Hanley of Upland, Victor Florio of Aston, Simsy Wilson of Lansdowne, Raymond Benshetler of Prospect Park, Bertie Ritchie* of Folcroft, Alegria Fernandez of Upper Darby, and Josephine Graziano of Drexel Hill

    Seven President's Gold Volunteer Service Awards were presented to volunteers who contributed more than 500 hours in one year of service.

    Winners shown L to R: Shirley Carroll of Eddystone, Betty Whitehead of Drexel Hill, Jo-Anna Campbell of Ridley Park, Beverly Benn of Media, Lois Yost of Crum Lynne, Bertie Ritchie* of Folcroft, Joan Wilhelm of Folsom and Michele Moll.

                Additionally, RSVP presented certificates and pins to six winners of the Senior Corps of PA Legacy Award.

    Winners shown L to R: Michele Moll, John Hutton of Newtown Square, Victor Florio of Aston, Barbara Kremp or Allentown, Bertie Ritchie of Folcroft, Lois Yost of Crum Lynne, and Margaret Brenner, Community Links Coord. (Missing from photo, Ellen Abramson of Media.)

    Four volunteers were recognized for dedicating Twenty Years of Service of volunteering to improve their communities.  

    Recipients show L to R: Michele Moll, Patricia "Jean" Woolley of Prospect Park, Virginia Graham of Upper Darby, Ida Fazzi of Aldan. (Missing from photo, Helen Gerard of Springfield.)

                RSVP would like to recognize the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) in Eddystone for sponsoring this event and Citadel Bank, Diamond Level Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Senior Community Services and Phyllis Bove for her creative gift basketry. And thanks to the incredible Guys 'N Gals who entertained us with a great series of songs.
    *Bertie Ritchie is the recipient of both the President's Lifetime Achievement Award (4000+ lifetime volunteer hours) and the President's Gold Award (500+ hours of service in one year.)
     Congratulations Bertie!
    APPRISE (Medicare Update) 
    The annual Open Enrollment period to change your Medicare health and drug plan runs from October 15 to December 7th!
    Now is the time of year to review:
    • any health and medication changes
    • any change in your financial status
    • your network of providers
    • and changes to your present plan (which should be announced near the end of September, beginning of October.) 

      Any changes you make to your plan(s) will become effective on January 1st.
    Our Counselors help seniors at all income levels throughout Montgomery County.  If you or anyone you know needs help to understand your Medicare options, please contact us!    
    Contact: Donna Uhler
    or call
    (610) 834-1040 ext. 20
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    Join our Heritage Society
    Your gift of $50 or more will make you a member of RSVP's Heritage Society, helping to promote literacy, veteran training, STEM training, tutoring for underachieving students and support for our low-income seniors. 


    Having trouble coming up with a donation all at once? Please consider our monthly credit card donation option. With as little as $5 a month, you can make a huge change in a person's life. We strive to build a stronger community - together. (Click to visit donor page.)
    Do you shop on Amazon?

    When you do, here's a simple way to help RSVP programs:


    By shopping through Smile.Amazon.com (simply designate RSVP of Montgomery County as your charity of choice,) a portion of your sales are donated to us.

     click here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2121691  


    abingtonAbington Lansdale Hospital is offering a series of free screenings and workshops!

    Living Well: Making the Right Decisions   This workshop will be held at two locations: Warminster (Nov. 7) and Lansdale (Nov 14). RSVP will be a part of the presentation to help community residents learn how to live a fuller and more meaningful life.

    Click on workshop titles to register.

    fluMontgomery County Health Department is offering...
    Free Flu Vaccines!
    Norristown Health Center --  610-278-5145
    Pottstown Health Center -- 610-970-5040
    Willow Grove Eastern Courthouse Annex -- 215-784-5415
    *By appointment only, please call*

    homeAre you disabled and looking for ways to improve accessibility in your home?

    Montgomery County's Department of Housing and Community Development has partnered with the Self Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP) to provide home modification grants to low income county residents with physical disabilities. Modifications include...
    • Exterior ramps and lifts
    • Railings
    • Grab bars
    For more information call Celia Jenkins at 610-873-9595 toll free at 877-550-7347 Go online to www.sdhp.org and download and print out an application today! 


    Memorials and Celebrations
    We Are Grateful For Your Thoughtfulness  
    In Memory of:
    Analee Osdoby, mother of Rochelle Henderson from Herbert Green
    Carol H. Axelrod from the Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive
    Frank J. Lexa from Sylvia Davis
    In Celebration/Honor of:
    Larry Kagel from Donald and Jacqueline Kahn
    Offering a simple way to honor someone who is deceased
     or celebrate a special occasion

    RSVP - Now Serving Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties and educationally disadvantaged youth and veterans in Philadelphia