RSVP awarded grant to support volunteer activities

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center has been awarded a $79,413 grant to support volunteer activities from the Corporation of National and Community Service. These funds were awarded as part of a competitive grant process for RSVP, one of three Senior Corps programs administered by CNCS.

Established in 1971, RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. These volunteers have been a critical resource for meeting community and national challenges – everything from disaster response to child literacy to hunger prevention.

Monadnock RSVP mobilizes more than 300 older adults in meaningful service opportunities at 45 non-profit and public organizations and in RSVP signature programs.

In America Reads, RSVP volunteers are paired with students in grades K-3 to practice reading and writing on a weekly basis to help them become proficient readers by the end of third grade. This program currently serves ten elementary schools. Over the next three years, they will expand America Reads to three Head Start programs to help economically disadvantaged children improve literacy skills to be prepared to start school, and add five more elementary schools.

RSVP’s Neighbors-In-Deed program provides person-centered independent living services to low-income seniors, adults with disabilities, and veterans and military family members to help them remain living in their homes as long as possible. Volunteers are matched one-to-one to provide companionship and non-medical assistance with daily activities such as: friendly visiting, respite care, transportation and supported assistance to medical appointments and grocery shopping, handyman repairs, and other basic human needs. RSVP will engage at least 55 volunteers in this program, with a focus on rural areas where services are limited or non-existent. Through community partnerships and RSVP programs, RSVP works to improve social living conditions and create long-term change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families in our community.

Monadnock RSVP is sponsored by Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way agency. “Volunteers age 55 and over are helping to transform the lives of the people they serve,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our communities need the talents and skills of all Americans as we continue moving this nation forward. The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well.”

This grant is one of 175 RSVP awards provided to volunteer organizations across the country to support volunteer activities in areas including Education, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, Disaster Services, and Environmental Stewardship.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation of National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than four million American of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Social Innovation Fund programs and leads President Obama’s call to service, United We Serve. For more information, visit

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