Edition: Fall/Winter 2015
Editor:  Tina M.Weaver
Our Website:  www.rsvpmc.org
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We Are Moving!
On May 1, 2016 our new administrative office will be conveniently located at 901 East 8th Avenue, Suite 200, King Of Prussia 19046 (just behind the Valley Forge Casino.)  Our goal is to be more centrally located between Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties. The office is just off highway 422 and route 23.
Our staff will still be available through our Volunteer Link Sites at various locations in local communities.  Visit www.rsvpmc.org for dates and locations.
Stop in and visit us anytime.  
We'd love to see you!

Watch for news about our Open House this Summer!
On April 1st, we will begin recruiting additional volunteers in Chester County to support our
America Reads program ( coaching K- 4th grade students to read more efficiently,) the VEC program  (utilizing professional business skills to support area nonprofits with capacity building) and food security (to ensure seniors and underserved low-income populations have access to food and warm meals.) If you have a friend or family member in the area please tell them about the important work our volunteers are doing every day to help make local communities a better place.
Explore a World of Opportunities
Learn more about Volunteering and Bring a Friend
RSVP Information Sessions help people interested in volunteering learn about exciting and valued opportunities in their own communities.
Presentations provide an overview of RSVP, outlines our various programs and provides an opportunity to discuss assignments in more detail with program coordinators and staff. There's never an obligation to enroll as a volunteer.
(Please check website for last minute changes & updates)

March 15 from 9:30 to 11:00 am Pottstown - Connections on High Cafe, 238 High St. 
March 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Media  -  Municipal Center, 301 N. Jackson St.
*Please reserve a spot.

March 29 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Pennsburg  - Community Thrift, 301 Fourth St. 
April 6 from 10:00 am to noon Blue Bell
- RSVP Admin Office, 925 Harvest Dr. Suite 100, Blue Bell.
*Please reserve a spot 
April 7 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Bala Cynwyd - Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd.  
April 14 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Newtown Square Library   - 201 Bishop Hollow Rd.
April 19 from 9:30 to 11:00 am Pottstown - Connections on High Cafe, 238 High St. 
April 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Norristown - Public Library, 1001 Powell St.
 *Please reserve a spot. 
 April 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Pennsburg
- Community Thrift, 301 Fourth St.

May 5 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Bala Cynwyd - Library 131 Old Lancaster Rd.

May 17 from 9:30 to 11:00 am Pottstown - Connections on High Cafe, 238 High St.

May 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Eddystone - COSA, 206 Eddystone Ave. 2nd floor
*Please reserve a spot

May 23 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Pennsburg - Community Thrift, 301 Fourth St.
May 26 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Newtown Square Library - 201 Bishop Hollow Rd.

*If *Please reserve a spot is indicated above, it is advised to reserve your space by calling Marguerite Cunning, Volunteer Coordinator (610) 834-1040, ext. 123 or email volunteer123@rsvpmc.org 
Other sessions are open and you are free to drop in without an appointment to meet with Margaret Brenner, Community Links Coordinator (610) 834-1040, x.12 or email margaretb@rsvpmc.org.  

We Asked for Your Help Collecting Books 
& You Responded!

Book Collection Success: Making Books a Reality for Enthusiastic Preschoolers
Abington High School Key Club students collected more than 225 books for preschool students registered in Head Start classrooms throughout our area. If you would like to donate new or gently used story books please contact  Janis Glusman. 
Check out what Kyle did for his Eagle Scout project - WOW!
Now Hear This!
You Can
Help High School Algebra Students and Veterans Returning to College Succeed!
By donating to our Head Set Fund, you can ensure students will be prepared for their weekly online tutoring sessions with a working headset. Local school districts do not have funding and need our help.
My Free Tutor online algebra tutoring program matches students and veterans who are struggling with math concepts with dedicated tutors who spend one hour per week via a secure online session to support learning.
Headsets cost $37.00 each but any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated!

Corporate Partnership Highlight

On MLK Day, thirty-six Accolade employees from their Plymouth Meeting location worked (instead of taking the day off) to give back to their communities. Employees volunteered through RSVP and made hand-crafted no-sew fleece scarves to help keep the cold winter winds at bay. Scarves were donated to veterans, seniors and homeless populations.

Malvern based Meridian Bank qualified for a 75% tax credit through EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit)  by partnering with RSVP to support our STEM Career Presentation Talks, a program created to expose middle and high school students to exciting careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields through interactive and dynamic presentations. If you or someone you know is interested in speaking to students about your STEM career, sign up to be a speaker. Contact Marguerite Cunning
11th Annual  Run Wild 5K 
Sunday, October 2nd at the Elmwood Park Zoo 
 Are you Ready to Run Wild?

Partner Agency Spotlight   Agencies Serving our Seniors
Roland Houpt makes a small repair on the bathroom sink for a member
 Aging at Home - A Community Network             (coordinated locally by Senior Community  Services and their partner United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey,) is a community-based program that brings peace of mind (and more) to seniors, 60 years and older, living in the Greater Lansdowne area, helping them remain in their homes safely.
 We salute the volunteers who are making a difference every day!
Where Volunteers are Needed Most
There are many open volunteer opportunities in both Montgomery and Delaware Counties and now in Chester County. We still desperately need drivers and shoppers to help low-income seniors in our Help on Call program and we need mentors in Abington, North Wales, Bala Cynwyd and Spring-Ford.
+ 10 Minutes =   
Do you have 10 minutes (or less) each day that you can dedicate to making a check-in phone call to a homebound senior? That's all it takes to brighten someone's day! To learn more, contact   Maria Strohl. 
These opportunities are also available and needed:
Drive or prepare meals / Food pantry assistant
Assist during blood drives / Gift shop assistant
Thrift shop helper / Help seniors with minor home repairs
Lead art activities at Juvenile Center / Trip chaperone
Help students with homework / Help seniors with their computers
Make dynamic presentations to middle school students
Help seniors get to doctor appointments 
Become a Choral Director for a local Glee Club
To learn more, contact Marguerite Cunning 

Is Volunteering Really Good for You?
Learn how volunteering can be good for your health by attending a Lecture and Lunch 
presentation at one of these local Senior or Community Centers :

  • March 10 at 1:15 to 2:15 pm at the Broomall Senior Center, 144 Lawrence Road (at Trinity Church)
  • March 21 at 11:00 am to noon at the Hometown Senior Center, 302 S. Jackson St, Media
  • April 13 at 8:30 to 11:00 am at the Volunteer Fair Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA, 1399 Quakertown Rd, Pennsburg
  • April 20  at 11:00 to 11:45 am at the Wayne Senior Center, 108 Station Road, Wayne
  • May 6 at 10:45 to 11:45 am at the Havertown Senior Center, 1105 Earlington Rd, Havertown.
If you'll be attending, please let Sandie Rollins  know (610) 834-1040, ext. 37
33rd Annual ElderWeek

We will participate in the 3-day series of workshops at the Marple Campus of Delaware County Community College on March 15 through the 17th. Jacqui Baxter, our Director of Community Engagement, will present Volunteering is Good for You and our Communities  on 3/16.  To learn more or to sign up call (610) 359-5025.
Visit our Table at the Celebrate Age Expo 2016

To celebrate Older Americans Month, we will participate in the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging Senior Living Expo on May 6 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Harrah's Philadelphia Casino, 777 Harrah's Blvd, Chester 19013. 
See you there!



Important Upcoming Workshops for Nonprofits

Financial Management Fundamentals for Nonprofits  - March 17th at 10:00 am to noon at RSVP, 925 Harvest Drive, Suite 100, Blue Bell.
Presented by Jay Freed, Volunteer Executive Consultant and retired finance and marketing executive for AT&T, Lotus Development Corp, and Vertex Inc.  This workshop provides understanding of nonprofit finance, budgeting and accounting practices with emphasis on managing real-world challenges. A must for executive directors and Board members needing more background in basic finance for their nonprofits.  

Meet the Funders  - April 15 at 10:00 am to noon at Cabrini College Mansion Dining Room, 610 King of Prussia Road in Radnor (3 miutes off Rte. 476/Lancaster Ave Interchange.)  Continental breakfast at 9:30 am.
Meet with local foundation and corporate representatives and learn about important steps you can take to secure funding for your nonprofit. Panel discussions followed by break-out groups and Q&A.
Panelists include: Virginia Frantz, President & CEO of the Montgomery County Foundation; Jan Waldauer, Trustee at Quaker Chemical Foundation; Kevin Dow, Vice President at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Caitlin Seifritz, Librarian at Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library.

Board Development II  - May 19th at 10:00 am to noon at RSVP 901 E. 8th Ave, 2nd floor, King of Prussia.   Learn the fundamentals of building a strong board of directors. Recruitment and motivation issues will be discussed. Visit www.rsvpmc.org for updates
RSVP's Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC), a Volunteer Impact Program of RSVP, has been giving expert and affordable consulting services to nonprofits in the Delaware Valley for more than 30 years. VEC provides one-on-one and team consultations to executive directors, boards of directors and agency staff who recognize the unique challenges facing nonprofit organizations and individuals wishing to start such an organization.
To learn more about VEC Workshops, to become a VEC volunteer (we are actively recruiting in Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester counties) or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ruth Cella.
Upcoming Events
 Celebrating our Extraordinary Volunteers
in Montgomery County

Join us as we celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our Montgomery County volunteers. Invitation and details will be mailed soon. Please let us know if you can make it by contacting Peggy McGough
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and Delaware County
Save the Date
In early June we'll be hosting our Volunteer Celebration in Delaware County.   Join us as we celebrate our Delaware County volunteers and their incredible dedication to making local communities a better place to live. Invitation and details will be mailed. Please let us know if you can make it by contacting Peggy McGough

Memorials and Celebrations
We Are Grateful For Your Thoughtfulness  
In Memory of:
Bette Bailey from Walter Fisher
Jim Clossick from Brenda Kaufman
In Celebration/Honor of:
Dick Sundheim from Walter Fisher
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Mulloy from Carole Fisher
Bob Leib from Marvin Greenbaum
Ruth Saks from Ruth Aschmann
Steve Lember from Ruby Dinkins
Jeanne & Stuart Burd from Sara Burd

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