Volunteering for RSVP & Foster Grandparent Programs

Aug 02, 2017
Danielle Williams, United Way of Northwest Vermont
Volunteering for RSVP & Foster Grandparent Programs

As most participants in rotary clubs are often busy enough with their career and the work they do in the community, my mission for this visit (although it is still recruitment based as always), will mostly be to inform the club of the Foster Grandparent and RSVP Programs. My hope is that they might know of someone who is interested (mother, father, etc.). Once they retire hopefully some will remember these programs and seek us out! ;)

I will talk about Foster the Foster Grandparent and RSVP Programs:

Foster Grandparent volunteers work in early education settings with children who might have exceptional needs or economic disadvantages. Teachers identify 1-4 children in their classroom who they believe would benefit from having a one on one. There is an income requirement, volunteers work a minimum of 15 hours per week, and Foster Grandparents receive a small non-taxable hourly stipend for volunteering. This stipend exists to remove any barriers to volunteering based on ones economic status.

RSVP volunteers are connected with non profit agencies which address specific community needs in Education, Income and Health. RSVP volunteers work with Meals on Wheels, transport older adults with disabilities to and from appointments, work in schools with children, and more! Volunteers choose where, when, and how often they want to volunteer.