Celebrating Forty Five Years   
of Good Deeds

We thank our Volunteers, our Partner Agencies, Corporate Partners,
Donors and Supporters. 
We couldn't have done it without you!

Join Our Team of 1,200 Dedicated Volunteers  |  Learn How We Are Improving Communities  |  610-834-1040 x.123

Over the last 45 years, RSVP has created cutting edge programs in response to the greatest needs in our communities.  Today, we have a pool of 1,200 dedicated volunteers who are consistently improving the lives of other community members.

I have such admiration for the commitment of our volunteers, board, staff, partner agencies, corporate partners, friends and donors. Without you, we would not have been able to reach this point in our history or feel confident in our strong future. 

Thank you!
Michele Moll 

Please note
that our phone extensions have changed. For the most part, you  
will just need to add a #1 in front of the old extension. For a current listing visit
 our website's contact list  
RSVP Happenings

Who Inspires You?
Do you know someone who has done something extraordinary?
Nominate your Hero for a Citadel Community Hero Award

Select from these categories:
Emergency Responder
School or After-School Volunteer
Volunteer Working with Seniors
Good Samaritan

Your hero should either live or work within Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties.
  • Deadline for Montgomery County is April 15th
  • Deadline for Chester/Delaware County is May 15th

To select your hero, visit www.rsvpmc.org and click on the Hero logo
 or visit a Citadel branch to drop off your nomination and receive a free T-Shirt.                                                                                                                                                   
Sponsored by

Peoples Security Bank & Trust
supports literacy for our youngest community members

Please join us in providing books for local Head Start preschoolers. 
Donate a new storybook in either English or Spanish and
Peoples Security will reward you with a Hershey's chocolate bar


Please bring your book donations to:
Peoples Security Bank & Trust
610 Freedom Business Center Drive
Suite 105
King of Prussia

Special Offer: Peoples Security Bank is offering a special money market promotion with a 1.20% APY
(1) interest rate for new money market accounts in amounts of $2,500 or more. This special rate will be valid through September 30, 2018.

We would like to encourage anyone who opens a money market account between 
 February 14th and May 31st to consider donating to the book drive. 
(1) Money Market Rates advertised are current as of February 07, 2018. You must maintain a balanc e of $2,500 or more to obtain the advertised Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 1.20%. Current APY for tier $0.00 to $2,499.99 is 0.00% APY. Rates are variable and may change at our discretion. Fees may reduce earnings on this account. You must deposit $2,500 to open the account. The advertised rate is available for funds not currently on deposit at Peoples Security Bank. All accounts must be opened and maintained at our King of Prussia branch. These offers may be discontinued at any time. Member FDIC
                                         Welcome New Board Members
                                            We're excited to have you on board!

Spencer Lempert, Esq.            Raymond Heath

Volunteer Happenings
VolSpotlightVolunteer Spotlight
Meet Karen Dennison

Each and every month, Karen writes at least 50 heartfelt messages to veterans to let them know someone is thinking about them and that their sacrifices are appreciated. Recently, she sent holiday and Valentine's Day cards as well. Karen is also active in the Help on Call program and makes friendly phone calls to help her elderly client feel that she has a friend and is connected to someone. Karen updates Maria, the HOC program coordinator, on the client's status and lets her know when the client needs a little more help than Karen can provide.

Volunteer Celebration Luncheons 
 Join us as we thank our wonderful volunteers, celebrate their many achievements
and hear their inspirational stories
Montgomery County
May 24 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
 at Normandy Farm Estates, Blue Bell

Chester and Delaware County
June 12 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
at Wesley Enhanced Living-Main Line, Media

Watch for your invitations in the mail and let us know if you can make it.
See you there!

We thank our event sponsors 

Save the Date

Join Us for Our First Annual 
Golf Classic
July 24, 2018  


Please join us at our first-ever Golf Classic
and support our STEM & virtual math tutoring programs to benefit
disadvantaged students and first generation college-bound veterans

 Enjoy a fun day of golf and bring your friends and family
to the Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit RSVP.

Corporate sponsorships available. Please contact Michele Moll or click on the brochure link below to learn more.

We're Hiring!
Special Events/Outreach Coordinator 
We're looking for a dynamic individual who has experience in organizing events, team working and office administration. Click here for job description and application process.

Position is based in our King of Prussia office and is 25 hours per week

Upcoming Training and Workshops
Volunteer Executive Consultants Spring Workshops Series
Inner Workings of Nonprofits      March 20, 2018   10:00 am to noon (refreshments 9:30 am)
RSVP, 901 East 8th Avenue, Suite 200, King of Prussia, PA 19406
This workshop takes you behind the scenes of nonprofits that have effectively fundraised, established their brand and marketed themselves to the right target audiences.  Topics to be covered include: How do some nonprofits take it to a next level?  What do they do differently than you?  What are the lessons learned that your organization should be using?  Workshop Facilitator: Ron Gawel, Former RSVP Board President, Former Business and Program Management at Lockheed Martin.                                
To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inner-workings-of-nonprofits-tickets-42875399474 .                            
Fee: $20. (RSVP current or past clients are free).


Meet the Funders                          April 27. 2018       9:30 am to noon (refreshments 9:00 am)
Hyatt House, 240 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Representatives from local foundations and corporations will make presentations followed by a Q&A and breakout session. This is an important and popular workshop for nonprofits wanting to learn more about the decision process in getting their grants and proposals funded. Panelists include representatives from: The Douty Foundation, VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn, the Regional Foundation Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Connelly Foundation and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.               
Fee: $25 Early Bird, $30 from April 1.

Marketing: A Recipe for Survival   May 22, 2018     10:00 am to noon (refreshments 9:30 am)                                                                             RSVP, 901 East 8th Avenue, Suite 200, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Have you heard it's important to market your organization?  Are you uncertain what that means and how to do it?  In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a marketing plan through: Market Research, SWOT Analysis, Strategic Planning and Setting Goals and Timelines. Solid marketing to all of your audiences is critical: to donors to raise funds; to potential clients to provide your services; and to volunteers to keep your organization alive. Examples of some organizations' marketing plans will be presented and discussed.  All your marketing ideas are welcome. Workshop Facilitator: Sylvia Lifschitz, PhD., Marketing Research                           
Fee: $20. (RSVP current or past clients are free).
To learn more about our workshops, please contact Jolene Ewing (610) 834-1040 ext. 111 or jolenee@rsvpmc.org


VEC Volunteers now Provide Free Off-Site Consulting to area nonprofits at the Regional Foundation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street. To register, contact erefrfc@freelibrary.org


Come See Us
35th Annual ElderWeek
Classes & Activities 
Delaware County Community College, Media 
              Wednesday, March 14th

Make a Difference - Volunteer!
(workshop #2801)
10:30 am to noon

Volunteering is Good for You & Our Communities
(workshop #2807)
1 :30 to 3:00 pm

Both workshops presented by our Director of Community Engagement, Jacqui Baxter 

For information visit   www.dccc.edu.  To enroll, call (610) 359-5025

Volunteer Opportunities
Just 15 Minutes WILL Change the World 
There are many important volunteer opportunities
 in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Where Volunteers are Needed Most  

Chester County:
  • *Parent reading workshop presenters (facilitate reading workshops for preschool parents)
  • Reading coaches needed to motivate elementary school students
  • Family Literacy volunteers needed to read to Head Start preschool students
  • Meals-on-Wheels drivers and food pantry support
  • STEM and other career exploration presenters
  • Virtual math tutors (great for corporate employees - just one hour from your desk)
  • Marketing, planning and other management skills needed to assist nonprofits
  • Visit with lonely Veterans or write letters of appreciation
  • Consignment store support staff
  • Help during food drives
  • Help an adult improve their Literacy
Delaware County: 
  • Food pantry and Meals-on-Wheels support
  • Drivers, escorts and friendly visitors for seniors
  • Virtual math tutors and homework helpers
  • Adult literacy volunteers
  • Family Literacy volunteers needed to read to Head Start preschool students
  • Nature center support
  • Thrift shop staff
  • Mentors for teen mothers and women in transition
  • Reading coaches needed for elementary school students
  • Marketing, planning and other management skills needed to assist nonprofits
  • Friendly visitors and household repairs
  • Help with technical training for seniors
  • Health and wellness program leaders
Montgomery County:
  • Virtual math tutors
  • Thrift shop and office support
  • Adult literacy volunteers
  • Blood donor ambassador
  • Hospice support
  • Home-bound senior assistance - drivers, shoppers, visitors, etc.
  • Mentors for at-risk youth
  • Sort donations to organize personal and household essentials
  • Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen support and meal delivery drivers
  • Crisis hotline counselors
  • Facilitate interactive/learning programs for children
  • Disaster preparedness presenter
  • Job readiness coach
  • Counsel seniors on their Medicare choices
Philadelphia County:
  • Read to preschool children
  • STEM and other career exploration presenters
  • Virtual math tutors to assist veterans
FamilyLitNeedsVols*FAMILY LITERACY program needs volunteers for parent training sessions  ASAP!
We have a great need for individuals to make brief presentations to parents in our Family Literacy Head Start centers in the following locations: 
Kennett Square
West Norriton - Early Learning Academy
Ideal candidate will (have): 
  • a love for reading and helping others to share family reading time OR
  • volunteered as a preschool reader, OR 
  • worked or volunteered in a literacy role in a school or community-based setting, OR
  • worked or volunteered providing training to parents of young children, OR
  • enjoy speaking in front of small groups of adults. 
RSVP will: 
  • provide all materials and instruction prior to training
  • coordinate training with Head Start location and make trainer/admin introductions
  • answer all questions, provide support prior to training
  • be available for questions day of training
  This opportunity does not involve a school year commitment, and may be occasional (even one time.)  Security clearances may not be necessary based upon location. 
         Make a Difference!
  To learn how, contact Marguerite Cunning 610-834-1040, ext. 123

Explore a World of Opportunities
Whether you are brand new to volunteering or already a seasoned volunteer, we would love to see you at one of our
information sessions
Share your experiences and find out more about areas of great need in your community.

Bala Cynwyd -  June 26 - from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm - Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd.

Blue Bell/Wissahickon - April 4,  June 27- from 1:00 to 2:30 pm - WVPL Library, 650 W. Skippack Pike

Blue Bell - May 11 - from 8:30 to 11:00 am - Montco Community College, Health Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike

Chester County!  
Exton - March 21, May 16 - from noon to 2:00 pm - Exton Chamber of Commerce (in Exton Mall), 185 Exton Square Mall

Glen Mills
March 5, April 4, May 2, June 6 - from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Whole Foods Market, 475 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Phoenixville March 14, April 11, May 9 - from 9:30 to 11:00 am - Steel City Coffee House, 203 Bridge St.
Kennett Square -  April 18, June 13 - 
from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Market at Liberty Place, 148 W. State Street

King of Prussia -   May 2 
- from 1:30 pm to noon - RSVP Office, 901 E. 8th Avenue, Suite 200
March 13, April 10 - from 1:30 to 3:00 pm - 
Common Ground Cafe, North Penn Commons, 608 Main Street

- March 13, April 26, June 21 - from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Municipal Center, 301 N. Jackson St. Parlor Room 

PennsburgMarch 15
from 1:00 to 2:30 pm , May 30 from 10:00 am to noon - Upper Perkiomen Valley YMCA, 1399 Quakertown Rd.

Plymouth Meeting
March 21, April 19, June 20 - from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Whole Foods, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Community Room
March 28, April 17, June 27 - from 12:30 to 2:00 pm - Tri-County Active Adult Center, 288 Moser Road

March 7, June 28 - from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St.
Willow Grove
March 27, May 23 - from 10:00 to 11:30 am - Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road, 2nd floor 
Please let us know that you're coming
so that we can plan for your visit
(or let you know if we need to cancel) 
Call Marguerite Cunning, Volunteer Coordinator (610) 834-1040, ext. 123 
Walk-Ins Always Welcome
There's never an obligation to enroll as a volunteer
Community News and Resources
Good News for Seniors from Medicare
The Medicare Part D (prescription plan) coverage gap often called the "donut hole" will close in 2019 instead of 2020. As a result of the budget deal signed on February 9, 2018, Medicare beneficiaries with high annual prescription drug costs will get some relief a year earlier than expected. Beginning in 2019, Part D enrollees will pay 25 percent of the cost of all their prescription drugs from the time they enter the coverage gap (donut hole) until they reach catastrophic coverage. Once they exit the donut hole they will pay no more than 5 percent of their drug costs for the rest of the year.
Payment caps for physical, speech and occupational therapy are permanently removed eliminating arbitrary limits on how much Medicare will pay for patients who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, strokes or chronic illness to receive as much treatment as needed.
New Medicare Cards
Beginning in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will automatically begin mailing new cards to current Medicare beneficiaries. You don't need to to anything to receive one. The new cards will have randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) made up of 11 letters and numbers. You should begin to use this card when you receive it. Your benefits won't change under the new MBI.
Scams relating to the new card are surfacing with callers telling people they must pay for the new card and asking them for checking account and Medicare card numbers. Don't give out either number. CMS already knows your Medicare card number.
1,000 Food Items Collected = 1,000 Meals

Our recent Food Drive was a huge success. Collection sites at Schoolhouse Senior Center, JEVS at Home and at our King of Prussia office collected nearly 1,000 items which were donated to Loaves and Fishes in Prospect Park. 


From L to R: Joanne Castagna, Pantry Director at Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Ellen Shimberg, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at JEVS at Home, RSVP's Community Links Coordinator Margaret Brenner, Lara Estomin, Wellness & Community Integration Manager at JEVS at Home, Joseph Gilligan and Robert Healey, Schoolhouse Center Volunteers.

Some items collected
 Double Your Donation Easily
Many companies have strong matching gifts programs, however studies show that participation rates vary widely. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that many employees or retirees do not submit their donations for a match in spite of the fact that some matches exceed a 1:1 ratio. And, some companies will match gifts to retirees as well as current employees. If you think you may be eligible for a match, please contact your former or current employer. We are happy to work with employers in verifying gifts once you have submitted them. Just contact Jane McGowan at 610 834 1040, x 138 or email janem@rsvpmc.org.

Thanks to your unwavering generosity we were able to raise almost $6,000 on Giving Tuesday. This translates to 1,200 books for local Head Start preschool students - pretty impressive. 
Thank you! 
We appreciate your continued support to help make books available to all children, regardless of income.


We are Grateful for Your Thoughtfulness

In Memory of:

Charles Dutill from Delores Dutill

In Celebration of:

Max Eirich from Kathleen Eirich
Michele Moll from the Staff
Michele Moll, Stevie Award Winner from Richard Singer
Jim Szakacs from Walt Fisher
Offering a simple way to honor someone who is deceased or to celebrate a special occasion or gesture. To make a donation in memory or celebration of someone special click here. 
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Do you shop online?

If you do, here's a simple way to show your support for RSVP programs.

By shopping through www.Smile.Amazon.com and
designating RSVP of Montgomery County as your
charity of choice, a portion of your sales are
donated to us.
Thank you! 

901 E. 8th Avenue
Suite 200
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610-834-1040    www.rsvpmc.org
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                Please support the growing needs in our communities 

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