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!


Finally, it's Summer!!  We've included fun updates from both Volunteer Celebrations where we welcomed more than 280 guests and recognized your amazing accomplishments. Read on to see what's happening and learn about opportunities to try new volunteer roles in your community. 
Have a great summer!

Thank you,
The RSVP Staff
 
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Montgomery County Volunteer Celebration - May 24, 2018
Our Luncheon was a huge success! Thank you to all who attended. We hope you enjoyed your time with us at Normandy Farms Estates. In case you missed it, here are some highlights. 
 
Richard S. Lewis of Fleetwood, Pa. was honored with the prestigious President's Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award, recognizing his more than 4,000 lifetime hours of tutoring at North Montco Tech Career Center in Lansdale. He was unable to attend, but Rhonda Novicki accepted the award on his behalf.
 

Frederick Schuetz of Trappe, Donald N. Robinson of Lansdale, and Joan L. Robinson of Lansdale have served with the Central Perkiomen Senior Meals program in Collegeville for 20 years through the Trinity  Reformed Church of Christ. RSVP recognized their extraordinary service and dedication with a 20 years of service award. Rev. Dr. Martha Kriebel (right) helped present the award. 


Senior Corps of PA Legacy Award winners, shown L to R: Mickey Abraham, Mark Dallas, Barbara Schneider, Debra Schaeffer, Laurence Shaheen, Wes O'Brien and Nancy Morris. Unable to attend: Paul Eitner, John Hoff, Theresa Lacianca, Steven Lember, Sylvia Lifschitz and Ken Milner. 


President's Gold Volunteer Service Award recipients, recognizing 500+ service hours during a one year period. Shown L to R: Gerald Francis, Barbara Rutberg, Grace Gray, Robert Simon, Philip Schwartz and RSVP's Michele Moll. Awardees unable to attend: Della Amoroso, Melinda Bartscherer, Judy Cressman, Ron Gawel, Richard Lewis, Barbara Makar. 





We would like to recognize Bob DePorter for his remarkable contribution of 726 hours during this past year.



 
Citadel, RSVP's Diamond Level Sponsor and Partner, presented the 2nd annual Montgomery County Citadel Community Hero Award to winner Sam Gardy, a founding member of the Hogs and Honeys Foundation for Kids. Citadel made a $1,000 donation to Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids.
 

The two Community Hero Award finalists were Sal Giannone a Plymouth Meeting barber and philanthropist and Jill Anoia the founder of Simply Positive Kids. Citadel made a $100 donation to their charities. 
 
 
Because of onsite construction, we were shuttled from the parking area.  Thank you for your patience!


Volunteers enjoy meeting each other and talking about their roles at RSVP. 

Delaware and Chester County Volunteer Celebration - June 12, 2018
Another festive day and a  huge success! Thank you to all who attended. We hope you enjoyed your time with us at Wesley Enhanced Living. In case you missed it, here are some highlights.

 

Senior Corps of PA Legacy Award winners, shown L to R: Roberta Lutton, Michele Moll and Theresa Lacianca. Unable to attend: Patricia Engelbrecht, Delia Fugaro, Patricia Haussmann, Katherine Meeks and Robert Sunshine.


President's Gold Volunteer Service Award recipients, recognizing 500+ service hours during a one year period. Shown L to R:  Ruth Whitsett, Joanne Castagna, Gretchen Deeck, Jo-Anna Campbell, Marlene Ozer, Mary Gaffney, Thomas McKelvey and Dianne Roberts-Gibbs. Unable to attend: Beverly Benn, Vincenza Tribuiani, Arthur Weisen and Betty Whitehead.

And that's not all

Alumni Category Winners for Lifetime Achievements were: Frances DeWees, Alegria Fernandez, Victor Florio, Josephine Graziano and Simsy Wilson.  20+ Years of Service winners were: Ida Fazzi, Helen Gerard, Linda and Walt Fisher. (no photos available)



 
Citadel, RSVP's Diamond Level Sponsor and Partner, presented the 2nd annual Delaware and Chester County Citadel Community Hero Award to winner Steve Kirk for his tireless work to improve Scott Field in Coatesville. Citadel awarded Steve with $1000 to support his efforts.
 


 
 
 
 
 




Two Citadel Community Hero Finalists were (left) Alhaji Saccoh, local firefighter and philanthropist and Dr. Claudio Cerullo, anti-bullying advocate.  Citadel made a $100 donation to their causes: Saccoh - the Sierra Leone Children's Fund and for Cerullo - Teach Anti Bullying



















Volunteers enjoy meeting each other.  Guys N Gals entertained us with great songs.





Special thanks to our event sponsors: 
            
      
 
 
 
and special thanks to our host sponsors
   


RSVP Happenings
Some Partnerships are Meant to Be!

RSVP's Family Literacy Program has partnered with the Kindergarten Readiness Project, a dynamic coalition of more than 20 community-based organizations which include Early Learning Centers, Local Libraries, Family Centers, Kennett Consolidated School District, United Way and others along with community members having one common goal: Improve Kindergarten readiness of low income preschool children in the Kennett Square area. The literacy portion of this project is funded by the Michael and Nancy Pia Foundation.
 
One of the goals of the Kindergarten Readiness Project is to promote literacy and reading at home. RSVP will conduct parent training workshops to highlight the importance of reading to preschool children at home and will equip 520 local families with books and resources to help local children enter Kindergarten prepared to learn.
                                                                       
 



Learn More! 
Click the below link.


Future Leaders Learn from Our Executive Director

Michele Moll advises the students at Upper Merion Middle School annually by sharing her business knowledge, helping students develop a successful business model for their Aquaponics program. The students assuming the roles of the CEO and CFO questioned Michele about Human Resource issues and sought advice on how to keep staff motivated. Michele also stressed the importance of a strategic plan to help share goals to define business direction.
 
The  project is for students to run a successful business  using 
sustainable ingredients they've grown using aquaponics.
  
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Create Your Legacy Through Planned Giving
 
We thank you with sincere gratitude for your continued support of RSVP. Your donations help RSVP positively impact the lives of 11,000 vulnerable local residents each year and demonstrate that you care about our community. We can tell that you want to play a role in ensuring that RSVP's programs continue to impact those who need help.

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Designate a gift to a specific program that is important to you.
Continue the good works of RSVP through our volunteers.
Possible tax benefits
 
 
 
Planned Giving Options:
 
Bequests
Gifts of Life Insurance
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 For more information,  
Or Call Tony: 610-834-1040  X.117
 


While we would be delighted to talk to you about how you can create a legacy of helping, we cannot provide you with specific legal, tax, or financial planning advice. We strongly recommend that you contact your attorney or financial consultant. While we serve people throughout the region as RSVP, our legal name is RSVP of Montgomery County. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are fully tax deductible.
Getting to Know Us
Meet Mo Ganey
Mo Ganey is our new Protege Mentoring Program Coordinator (she was our Special Events Coordinator) and she is very exited! Here is what she has to say about her new role: 

"I have big shoes to fill, but I am delighted to be the new Protégé Coordinator. For the past 2 years I have coordinated all the Special Events at RSVP (including the Volunteer Celebrations and the 5K Run Wild) but my professional experience also includes working as a Class Coordinator for Philadelphia Futures - a college prep mentoring program, teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, producing That's So Philly, and directing a Summer Camp for girls from low income families in Maine."
 
"I think everyone at almost every point of their life can use a mentor - supporting them and cheering them on, as they navigate the joys and challenges of life.  As Ruth has shared with me, many of our local students have benefited tremendously from having a consistent, kind, and encouraging Protégé Mentor in their lives, and I look forward to meeting and working with them."
Volunteer Happenings
Partner Agency Spotlight

Meet  COSA (Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging)

COSA's mission  is to plan, develop, coordinate and administer a comprehensive and coordinated service system for older county residents, to provide well-being and to maintain independence and dignity in a home environment for as long as possible.
According to COSA, older adults are beginning to view aging as an opportunity for a new, exciting chapter in life. Many will choose to continue learning, contributing, and remain productive. The increasing numbers of older adults in Delaware County constitute a resource of talents, skills and experience which will be of great benefit to their communities. Older adults who stay productive and engaged, who reinvent themselves, tend to be happier, healthier, and think of these as the best years of their lives.
   
 
RSVP assists COSA with finding volunteer roles for active, older adults such as reading tutors, senior advocates, receptionists, mentors, friendly visitors, Home delivered meals drivers, program ambassadors, blood drive assistants and APPRISE Medicare counselors. 
 
Currently, COSA is also looking for an Assistant Ombudsman (advocate for older adults receiving or denied long-term care services in nursing homes, assisted living, adult day centers, domiciliary care homes, personal care boarding homes, or their own homes), a Health and Wellness Community Outreach Volunteer Trainer and a Health and Wellness Program Assistant
 
Do you want to learn more about these engaging volunteer opportunities in your community?  
Call Marguerite  Cunning at 610-834-1040 x123. 
Events
Join Us for Our First Annual 
Golf Classic
July 24, 2018 
 
 
at
  
100 Rivercrest Drive, Phoenixville, PA

                                              
 
Enjoy a fun day of golf, and stay for the Dinner and Silent Auction to support RSVP's STEM and virtual math tutoring programs that benefit disadvantaged students and first generation college-bound veterans. 
 
Not a golfer? 
Bring a friend, and join us for the Dinner and Silent Auction!
 
Corporate sponsorships available. Please contact Michele Moll or click on the brochure link below to learn more.


SAVE THE DATE!
13th Annual Run Wild 5 K
Sunday, October 14, 2018
at the Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown
JobOpening
Community Links Coordinator
 
We are looking for a friendly and organized employee to coordinate operations and activities for the Community Links Program which pairs volunteers with opportunities in their neighborhoods. The coordinator will develop and maintain strong relationships with volunteers and partner agencies in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties.

To apply email cover letter and resume to applications@rsvpmc.org 
Position is based in our King of Prussia office and is 20 hours per week.
 
Upcoming Training and Workshops
VECWorkshops
America Reads Program - Back to School ABC Workshops
 
 Let us know you are coming!
Call:  Maryann or Joan at 610-834-1040 x122

Do you know someone who might make a great volunteer?
Please encourage them to come along!

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

Opportunities in Multiple Counties:
  • Meals-on-Wheels drivers and food pantry support
  • Thrift shop/consignment shop/soup kitchen staff
  • Adult literacy volunteers
  • Virtual math tutors (great for corporate employees - just one hour/week from your desk)
  • Readers for preschool children and reading coaches for elementary students
  • Marketing, planning and other management skills needed to assist nonprofits
  • Drivers, visitors, or shoppers for home-bound seniors
 
Chester County:
  • STEM and other career exploration presenters
  • Visit with lonely Veterans or write letters of appreciation
  • Help during food drives 
Delaware County: 
  • Senior Advocates
  • Health and wellness program assistant, volunteer trainer and  program leaders
  • Assistant Ombudsman (advocate for seniors)
  • Counsel seniors on their Medicare choices
  • Nature center support
  • Mentors for teen mothers and women in transition 
  • Blood Drive Assistant
  • Help with technical training for seniors
Montgomery County:
  • Summer lunch program helpers
  • Blood donor ambassador
  • Hospice support
  • Mentors for at-risk youth
  • Sort donations to organize personal and household essentials
  • Crisis hotline counselors
  • Facilitate interactive/learning programs for children
  • Job readiness coach
  • Counsel seniors on their Medicare choices
 
Philadelphia County:
  • STEM and other career exploration presenters
  • Museum educators
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Explore Volunteer Opportunities
 
Are you searching 
for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity?
 
Whether you are new to volunteering or already a seasoned volunteer
we would love to see you at one of our information sessions to s hare your experiences, and 
learn more about the greatest needs in your community. 

Montgomery County in June

Plymouth Meeting and Blue Bell:
6/20  at 10am
Whole Foods, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Community Room
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6/27  at 1pm
WVPL Library, 650 W. Skippack Pike

Bala Cynwyd:
6/26  at 10:30am
Library, 131 Old Lancaster Rd, 1st floor

Pottstown:
6/27  at 11:30am
Tri-County Active Adult Center, 288 Moser Rd, #1
 
Souderton:
6/28  at 10am
Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St.

Additional locations and updates available on wwww.rsvpmc.org

Delaware County in June

Media:
6/21 at 10am
 
Media Municipal Center, 301 N. Jackson St.
Broomall:
6/19 at 10:30am
Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd

Havertown:
6/25 at 11:00 am
Haverford Twp Library, 1601 Darby Rd

Additional locations include: Glen Mills.  Updates available on wwww.rsvpmc.org

Chester County



Additional locations include: Phoenixville, Spring City, Exton and Kennett Square. Updates available on wwww.rsvpmc.org

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 Maguerite Cunning, Volunteer Coordinator 610-834-1040 ext. 123
 
   
Walk-Ins Always Welcome
There's never an obligation to enroll as a volunteer
 
Have you seen us in the Delaware County Newspapers?
We're searching for more dedicated volunteers -- just like you!

 

  Bring a friend along to an Information Session 
and share your inspirational stories about why you volunteer.

Community News and Resources
APPRISE
Good News for Seniors from Medicare
 
Medicare provides a free, secure, online service for managing personal information regarding Original Medicare benefits and services. Original Medicare beneficiaries can create an account with MyMedicare.gov and use it to check information about their coverage, enrollment status, and Medicare claims.
MyMedicare.gov keeps your Medicare information private and only accessible to you. Use the  Blue Button  to download your data to a file that only you can open.

Social Security LIS/MSP letters mailing soon 

From May 21 - June 25, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will mail its annual letters to individuals who may be eligible for but missing out on the Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) and Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). The LIS (also called Extra Help) reduces the cost of prescription drugs for those on Medicare . The MSP or Medicare Savings program covers the cost of the Part B premium which is $134 a month for most people this year.

NOTE:
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.
 
Curiosity Never Retires
We believe learning never ends and creating new experiences is just the beginning!

Do you like learning new things? If yes, then you need to know about the LifeLong Learning Institute at Immaculata University (LLI and IU).  LLI is for retired adults in the southeast Pennsylvania region who want to cultivate their knowledge, meet others with similar interests, and stay active both mentally and physically. 


Benefits of the LifeLong Learning Institute include:
  • Courses: Members can sign up for 14 classes each semester. Experience learning something new, fun, challenging, and amazing.
  • Location:  Courses are offered on the conveniently located Immaculata campus in Malvern.
  • LLI and IU News: Subscription to the LLI newsletter each semester.
  • Access to Immaculata Symphony:  LLI at IU members typically pay $12 to attend campus performances.

  

  

  

CLICK HERE to visit the LLI website. 


To learn more or to receive the course catalog, contact Amanda Atkins
Phone: 484-323-3238 
Meet Our Sponsors

Memorial and Celebrations
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Alan Frankel used a Facebook Fundraiser 
to request donations for RSVP in honor of his birthday this year!

Would you like to do the same? It's easy!
    • On YOUR Facebook page, select "Fundraiser" from the left side menu
    • Then select "raise money for a non-profit organization"
    • Select "RSVP, Inc." in King of Prussia, PA from the list
    • Complete the rest of the questions, and you are ready to go!
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. 
 
ConnectConnect With Us
Do you shop online?
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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! 



And Share the Inspiring Stories 
About Our Volunteers 
With Your "Friends"

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Suite 200
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610-834-1040    www.rsvpmc.org
 
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