RSVP Lebanon County PA Volunteer of the Month

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This Lebanon County RSVP of the Capital Region Volunteer of the Month for March is Jan Glatfelter. She chose to serve with Support Connections of Lebanon County (SCLC – formerly known as Palmyra Circles), over four years ago. Originally from York County, she travelled the country and came back to settle in Palmyra to be closer to her three children and three grandchildren. Jan retired in 2010 after a long career with AT&T. For her there is nothing more fulfilling than helping local families achieve economic stability and have a more fulfilling life.

Jan’s biggest awakening came that year when she went on vacation. She quickly realized that after being away, even for a short time, she missed the families she had gotten so close to, saying they were like extended family. When working with a couple whose husband had been going from job to job, by providing coaching through the SCLC program, the results were astounding.   With the support of SCLC volunteers, the husband was able to secure full-time work, and the wife completed college credits and their life is on track for a future of financial stability.

SCLC expanded to Lebanon in 2015.  The program offers a hand up, rather than a hand out.  Through networking, mentoring and relationships, a volunteer is teamed up with individuals and families to provide a support mechanism for them to work toward financial stability, independence and future goal setting.

Jan has worked with over eighteen families to help get their life on track.  When Jan isn’t volunteering with SCLC, she fills her spare time with reading, spiritual growth and travelling.  Jan also volunteered with a church, has served on the Palmyra Area Cooperating Churches (PACC) committee, the Core planning team for SCLC, and other community support programs.

Glad to be a volunteer, Jan says “it’s reciprocal. What we give to the families and they give back is so rewarding”. This gives her a great sense of family and belonging and she wouldn’t trade the love she gets back for anything!

Currently SCLC is searching for compassionate and caring volunteers. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Lebanon County, please contact Margie Groy, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) at 717-454-8647 or LancLeb@rsvpCapReg.org

RSVP York County PA Volunteer of the Month

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The RSVP of the Capital Region Volunteer of the Month for March 2016 is Patti Hullmann in York County. Patti tutors at Jackson Elementary School in the York City School District for RSVP. She makes fleece scarfs for the students at Jackson. Patti is a retired kindergarten teacher from the Dallastown Area School District, is married to Terry and she has two sons: Kyle and Ben. She enjoys walking her three dogs, sewing, baking, gardening, and playing the piano.

Patti’s other activities include: walking dogs at Animal Rescue, Inc, singing in her church choir, sewing sundresses for the “Little Dresses for Africa” mission. She is active in the Jacobus Lions Club and is a member of the Dallastown Area Communities That Care for the Dallastown Area School District.

Her reason for volunteering is that she feels very blessed with her life and wants to share those blessings with others. RSVP of the Capital Region is very blessed to have her as an active volunteer in York County.

For more information about volunteering with RSVP in York County contact Scott Hunsinger at 443 619-3842 or by email at YorkAdamsFranklin@rsvpCapReg.org

 

 

RSVP Volunteer of the Month Cumberland County, PA

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Elaine Downing is RSVP’s March Volunteer of the Month. Elaine volunteers with the America Reads program in Crestview Elementary School. She started in the fall and is devoted to the kids she sees each week.

“There are two fourth grade boys I see nearly every week,” Elaine tells; “they look forward to seeing me, too. It’s a lot of fun.”

She also tells a story of having a moment of doubt as to whether she was making any difference for the kids and quickly finding the answer. “I came in the week after Christmas and all of the kids had made me Christmas cards. They all had things like “You’re the best, Mrs. Downing.” And “you’re my favorite, it was fantastic.”

Elaine looked to volunteering after retiring from social work. She worked in Cumberland County for the Office of Aging for many years. Before that she had been a stay at home mom and a substitute teacher. She’s lived in Central Pennsylvania for 35 years, but is originally from New Jersey.

The desire to touch children’s lives is strong with Elaine’s family; her two sons and daughter-in-law are also teachers. When not volunteering, Elaine enjoys time with her young grandson and planning for her upcoming trip to Japan, where one son teaches English.

“It will be my first time; I’m really looking forward to it. We’ll get to visit an exchange student I had many years ago and have kept in touch with.”

For more information about volunteering with RSVP in Cumberland County contact Michelle Jones at 717-541-9521 or by email at PerryCumb@rsvpCapReg.org

RSVP York County Volunteer of the Month (February 2016)

D. Moninne SeitzRSVP of the Capital Region’s volunteer of the month for February is D. Monine Seitz. Monine volunteers at Healthy World Café in the City of York. She prepares and serves food for customers who visit the café for lunch. She was born and raised in York County. Monine is married, has two daughters and five grandchildren. She retired from York Bank & Trust Operations Department. Monine likes to bowl and also volunteers at the Strand Capital Performing Arts Center, and The Pullo Center.

For more information about volunteering with RSVP of the Capital Region, contact Scott Hunsinger, York County Development Coordinator at 443 619-3842 or by e-mail at YorkAdamsFranklin@rsvpcapreg.org

Cumberland County RSVP Volunteers of the Month (February 2016)

Each week, four fresh faces from UCP join the RSVP office staff to sort donations, prepare a bulk mailing, label donated books or create cards for area veterans. Several volunteers are shown above, with staff. Their presence always cheers the office, and of course their help is invaluable. That’s why the UCP volunteers are some of our favorites and our pick for Volunteer of the Month.

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Consumers of the UCP program in Colonial Park are big on volunteering. In fact RSVP is just one of their regular projects. Others include the packing of boxes with the food bank, sorting at the recycling center, office help at WITF, working with Meals on Wheels in Colonial Park, and various duties at Swatara Church of God. They also regularly help dust cars at the Antique Auto Club of America Museum and help with mailings at a local domestic violence charity.

Volunteer efforts are one part of the program for adults with disabilities, where clients choose their activities. Options ranging from recreational outings, educational trips or volunteering in the community. The group is out in the community at least once a week, and is always looking for more good works to do.

For further information about RSVP volunteer opportunities in the Capital Region, please contact Michelle Jones, Cumberland County Development Coordinator. Her phone is 717-541-9521, and her e-mail is PerryCumb@rsvpCapReg.org

 

Hummelstown Special Events on Wednesday, April 6

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Join us for the Falcon Flight Zone Review, featuring Hummelstown Mayor Bradley Miller’s Volunteer Recognition.

Please RSVP to Rick Sayles by March 31 at (717) 541-9521 or DauphinRSVP @ rsvpCapReg.org

  • Location: Lower Dauphin Middle School Cafeteria | 251 Quarry Road
  • 3 – 4:30pm: Volunteer Recognition by Mayor Miller, followed by Student Recognition
  • Program projects will be on display | light refreshments will be available

Join us for Lebanon Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition on April 5

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You are invited to join Lebanon Mayor Sherry Capello on Tuesday, April 5 in Mayor’s Day and Volunteerism and Mayor’s Day at All About You Catering (301 E Lehman St, Lebanon).

  • 11:00am Meet and Greet Mayor Sherry Capello
  • 11:15am Mayor’s remarks and address to volunteers
  • 11:30am Volunteer recognition
  • 12:noon Luncheon followed by closing remarks

Please RSVP  by March 28 to Margie Groy at (717) 454-8647 or eMail to LancLeb@rsvpCapReg.org