Monadnock RSVP volunteers are a
part of a national movement of like-minded people who give back
to their communities—and have been since 1971! Today, nearly
400,000 volunteers serve more than 60,000 public and private
community agencies across the United States.
program is part of the Senior Service Corps and is operated
under the direction of the Corporation for National and
Community Service, a federal agency.
In 2009, congress
passed the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act (SAA) which
detailed many changes to national service programs, including
Senior Corps and RSVP. The law not only expanded service
opportunities, but also focused national service on key
outcomes; built the capacity of individuals, non-profits, and
communities; and encouraged innovative approaches to problem
If you can commit at least one hour a week, you can help a
child who’s falling behind in reading. Parents, students, seniors,
business people — anyone willing to give time to read to a child, and to
listen to a child read can be a tutor. Our America Reads program in the
Monadnock Area will match you with a child in your community to read
with them at their school. You will receive training, materials and
guidance to make your tutoring experience both rewarding and effective.
Children in tutoring programs benefit twice: first, from
individualized support tailored to their own strengths, interests and
needs; second, from the undivided attention of an older role model who
provides them with encouragement and motivation.
How Do I
An America Reads Volunteer? Make an appointment to speak with the
coordinator of the program. You will be asked to fill out an
application, including three references and submit to a criminal
Attend The 4 Hour Training Session Go
on the school tour where you will meet the teacher you will be working
with and agree on a schedule for your tutoring sessions.
In-Service Trainings during the school year where topics of interest
will be covered and you will be able to discuss your work with other
Here in the Monadnock Region many elderly people with
long-term health needs struggle daily to maintain their independence.
They are our neighbors: our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and
friends. But all too often, their simple needs are not met, and the
ability to stay in their own homes is jeopardized. While some have
networks of people from which they can receive help, others do not and
cannot afford to pay for services, or services may not exist in an area
in which they live.
Since 1994 Neighbors-In-Deed has been
providing individualized, one-to-one volunteer companionship and
assistance with non-medical activities of daily living to
seniors age 65 and over and adults with disabilities living at
home in Cheshire and Western Hillsborough Counties.
Services offered by
Neighbors-In-Deed • Friendly visits • Assistance with grocery
shopping • Minor household repairs • Weatherization projects •
Transportation to: Medical appointments and/or Grocery shopping • Respite for Caregivers • Telephone safety checks • Referrals to
Neighbors-In-Deed is built on a relationship model, and
is not a traditional door-to-door transportation program. It offers a
unique alternative whereby volunteers and care recipients develop a
trusting relationship that doesn’t feel like a service. It offers
seniors a dignified option since they contribute by sharing themselves -
their interests, feelings, and life experiences - and volunteers gain
new knowledge and perspective from the care recipient. Frequently,
matches develop into long-term friendships which contribute to a high
quality experience for both those who give and receive help.
Your few hours can make all the difference in someone's
life: RSVP always needs volunteers in the Neighbors-In-Deed program.
We welcome adults, congregational members and other groups who may
support a senior or caregiver individually or as part of a care team.
Contact RSVP to schedule an interview and complete screening
Hours Depending upon the
request, you could spend as little as 15 minutes making a phone call to
check in with a homebound senior or as much as several hours getting
them to and from a doctor appointment. Matches are made taking your
availability into consideration and regular and episodic opportunities
may be available.
Training No formal training
is required. The essential characteristic for a volunteer is a desire to
be involved in a mutually satisfying relationship of friendship and
assistance with an elderly person, and be able to work independently and
comfortably in a one-to-one relationship. RSVP will provide you with a
comprehensive volunteer handbook, orientation, educational opportunities
on aging issues and on-going support to help you have a successful
Qualifications and Rewards
Be sensitive to the special needs of seniors and
relate well to a variety of people
Be dependable, prompt and willing to maintain
Opportunity for life enrichment through involvement
with an older person.
Satisfaction from helping a senior remain living
independently in their home
How to receive help: Services are
provided to adults 65 and over and adults with disabilities who are
living at home in the Monadnock Region. There is no age qualification
for veterans and immediate military family members, including
widows/widowers. Referrals are accepted from individuals as well as
family members, health providers and social service agencies that have
your permission to request a volunteer and provide us with personal
information. Matches are made carefully based on shared interests,
availability of a volunteer and your needs. Contact the
Neighbors-In-Deed Coordinator: (603)357-6893
Are there fees for services?
Services are free of charge. For handyman repairs, recipients are
responsible for the cost of materials. Monadnock RSVP greatly
appreciates contributions which helps us to continue to bring volunteer
assistance to those who need it.
The Serve America Act requires RSVP to
narrow their volunteer focus to the following six areas of service in 2014
Provide support and/or facilitate access to services and
resources that contribute to the improved economic well-being
and security of our community.
Futures: Meet the health needs in our community including
access to care, aging in place and addressing childhood obesity and
hunger. Our Neighbors in Deed Program assist with companionship,
transportation, and small chore projects that enable our senior and
disabled population to maintain their independence and live safely in
their homes. We also provide assistance to food pantries, community
kitchens and meal sites.
Support or facilitate access to services and resources that contribute
to improved educational outcomes for children. The program that will be
our main Focus area is
Direct services that contribute to increased energy and water efficiency,
renewable energy use, or improving at-risk ecosystems, and support
increased citizen behavioral change leading to increased efficiency,
renewable energy use, and ecosystem improvements.
Help individuals and communities prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate
disasters and increase community resiliency.
Veterans and Military Families: Veterans and military family members share a common bond
and culture that is unique. RSVP is currently seeking
volunteers, age 55 and over, who have served in the U.S. Armed
Services to help fellow veterans who are experiencing a variety of
challenges with maintaining their quality of life and
independence in their homes by providing companionship and
assistance with non-medical tasks of daily living through RSVP’s
Neighbors in Deed program.
Volunteers are also needed to provide transportation to local and
long-distance medical appointments in White River Junction, Manchester
and Boston through local transportation programs.
Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center, 64 Main St., Keene, NH
03431 PH 603-357-6893
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