RSVP Quarterly Newsletter
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RSVP's Mission:

The mission of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is to engage men and women age 55 or better in meaningful volunteer service that strengthens the well-being of both self and community.
In This Issue:
Move the Mall Walk for Volunteerism - March 30, 2019
RSVP Volunteer Spotlight Story
A Friendly Reminder about Spreading Illnesses
RSVP Volunteer Needs
Meet RSVP's New Spring Intern, Jamie!
"What's Happening" at Whitney Senior Center
8:00 AM-10:00 AM 

Only $25 to participate!

Please visit the RSVP Website for more information
and to download a walker registration form.
RSVP Volunteer is Meals on Wheels Recipient’s “Contact to the Outside World”
According to the National Meals on Wheels website, there are nine million seniors in America who face the threat of hunger. In addition to their threat of hunger, one in four seniors lives alone which is putting them in threat of social isolation and loneliness; which can physically cause negative health effects.
Loneliness is detrimental to one’s health and has been proven to display similar health declines as someone who smokes up to 15 cigarettes per day (according to the Meals on Wheels National website).
One program which is addressing these issues is the Meals on Wheels Program. The Meals on Wheels program relies on volunteers to run their program and be successful. Locally, volunteers from the Greater St. Cloud Area Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) (Lisa J. Braun, Director) serve in many areas of ensuring access to food for our community, including local Meals on Wheels programs.
In a survey completed by Catholic Charities in November 2018, one hundred percent (100%) of forty-five (45) Meals on Wheels clients responded positively to a survey indicating not only an increase in socialization, but forty-two (42) or 93.3% also indicated that they are able to continue to live at home as a result of receiving home delivered meals. This data is truly a testament for the work volunteers are doing to ensure health, safety and success of our local seniors.
RSVP volunteer, Sally Pitzen, has been delivering Meals on Wheels since June 2016. Over the past two and a half years, she has dedicated 142 hours of service to the Meals on Wheels program. Before retiring, Sally worked as a home care nurse and saw, first hand, how important home delivered meals were for people who were recovering from an illness or were limited by a disability. When Sally retired from nursing she knew she wanted to get involved with the Meals on wheels program.
“We volunteers who interact with people isolated by illness or mobility, play a very important role.  We become a contact with the outside world”, Sally shared. She also explained the social benefit which she sees the Meals on Wheels recipients benefit from due to her food delivery, “some of the [Meals on Wheels] recipients wait excitedly for our brief visit. Even just a minute or two of conversation means a lot to them.”
When Sally was asked if she would encourage others to volunteer she exclaimed, “Absolutely!” She also said, “Volunteering brings so many rewards. I think that the pleasure I get helping others is truly reward enough.”
In 2018, Sally was among 342 RSVP volunteers who served 23,866 hours at 26 food resource organizations throughout Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties.


RSVP Volunteer Needs
To learn more about these volunteer opportunities or learn about other ways to get involved please call Jennifer at (320)255-7295 or Charlotte at (763)635-4505.
MUSEUM FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST, Stearns History Museum (St. Cloud)
Volunteers welcome and admit guests to the Stearns History Museum. They provide information about the current exhibits, special events and the Museum's floor plan. Volunteers record the number of guests and listen to and report guest comments or concerns. Volunteers assist guests in the Museum Store and help check out paying guests using an iPad. Volunteers may be asked to do general clerical work for staff members and assist with answering phone calls. Select a specific day of the week and time to volunteer on: Mondays between 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1:00-5:00 pm, or Fridays between 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

As a Red Cross Home Fire Campaign volunteer, there are a variety of roles to choose from based on your skills/interests and the needs of each campaign event. Canvassing Volunteers go door-to-door in a targeted area to notify residents of an upcoming, smoke alarm installation rally in their area. Home-Visit Teams consist of Smoke Alarm installers, Safety Educators and Documenters; together they go into homes to test existing smoke alarms and install free new alarms as needed, educate the household about fire safety, and ensure accurate documentation of services delivered (respectively) .General volunteers may also assist Campaign Event Leads with administrative tasks to ensure a smooth installation event. The schedule would include shift times of 3-4 hours, but they are flexible according to the volunteer's schedule. Volunteers will be provided a one-hour training prior to starting their assignment.

SEWING TEACHER, African Women's Alliance Sew and Grow Program (St. Cloud)
African Women's Alliance Sew and Grow Program works with both students of varying levels of sewing abilities and teachers with varying levels of experience and confidence. They support each other in ways to teach students, support one another and learn from each other. The responsibilities of the 'Sewing Teacher' include teaching basic sewing techniques to immigrant women. Time commitment is up to 4 hours per week. The class meets every Wednesday in the gym at the First Presbyterian Church from from 9 am-5 pm. They divide the day into morning and evening shifts: 9 am- 1 pm and 1 pm-5 pm. Machines and equipment are provided.
CHILDCARE ASSISTANT, Sauk Rapids-Rice Adult Education (Sauk Rapids)
The responsibilities include assisting paid staff in caring for up to ten preschoolers while their parents work on their High School equivalencyGED. Requirements would include the ability to lift and hold a baby. Time commitment is from 8:25 am-Noon, any day Monday-Thursday. Volunteers will be working with trained staff at all times.
NORTHERN DELIGHTS STORE VOLUNTEER, Good Shepherd Community (Sauk Rapids)
As you stroll down Canal Street on the Good Shepherd campus, you'll discover a hidden treasure. Northern Delights coffee and gift shop is looking for customer service volunteers who are comfortable with technology and computers. Volunteers will assist shoppers with the electronic check out process, socialize with guests and brew coffee. Help is needed weekly for a 3-hour period.

MEALS ON WHEELS DELIVERY VOLUNTEER, Catholic Charities (Becker/Big Lake/Zimmerman)
A meal... so important! A hot meal when you are unable to cook for yourself. Consider that... so important!! Meals on Wheels delivery drivers are needed to ensure that those in need who live independently receive these mid-day meals. Drivers are needed Monday-Friday. Each route takes about an hour to deliver. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals out of Becker, Big Lake and Zimmerman to individuals waiting in and around each of those communities. Offer to deliver from a community near you once per month, once per week, or even more!
VAN DRIVER, Great River Family Promise (Elk River)
Great River Family Promise (GRFP) serves local homeless families. These families spend the night in a host church and receive services at the Elk River Center during the day. Families receive a ride in the agency van between the church and the center early in the morning and late in the afternoon each day. Volunteers are needed to drive the GRFP passenger van at each of these times. Offer to drive on days which fit your schedule. Transport happens M-F early AM (6:30-7:30) and 5 PM. The round trip takes about an hour. Drivers are also needed Sunday early AM (8:00) to pull a trailer with supplies from one church to another- no passengers.

TUTOR, Adult Basic Education (Elk River)
Many adults in the Elk River Area are working hard to learn the English language. From those who speak no English to those who are working on writing the language. Some are studying subjects in English to earn their high school diploma equivalent. Volunteers are needed to assist these students on a one-to-one basis under the direction of an Adult Basic Education instructor. Training and guidance provided. Volunteers are needed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoon and Wednesday evening. Eager students from around the world are waiting to meet you right here in Elk River!

CARD GAME PLAYER, Guardian Angels Riverview Landing (Otsego)
Do you enjoy card games? Join others with the same passion at Angels on Main adult day services in the new Guardian Angels Riverview Landing Complex in Otsego. Whether it's cribbage, Uno, Kings in the Corner or Crazy 8s, the staff at Angels on Main will match you with one of their clients who loves the game as much as you!! Visit once each month or more. Open hours include flexible weekday day times.

DAY CENTER VOLUNTEER, Great River Family Promise (Elk River)
Great River Family Promise, assisting local homeless families, needs volunteers to provide hospitality to families in the Day Center in Elk River on weekdays. Hosting involves simply being present and interacting with family members, both adult and children. Volunteers may also answer the phone and take messages for staff. Volunteers must have good people skills and willing to be "task flexible" as the daily needs of families change. Especially needed weekdays from 7:30-9:00 AM and 3:00-5:00 PM.

Whitney Senior Center

Be sure to check out the NEW edition of the Whitney Time which contains information for events, classes, socials and performances provided by Whitney Senior Center!


Contact Us:

St. Cloud Office:
Whitney Senior Center
1527 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 255-7295

Sherburne County Office:
Elk River Activities Center
413 Proctor Avenue
Elk River, MN 55330
(763) 635-4505

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