Barbara Brown Named York County RSVP Volunteer of the Month

RSVP of the Capital Region has named Barbara Brown as volunteer of the month in York County. Barbara is a very enthusiastic volunteer who is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. Barbara volunteers every week as a tutor for lower grade students at Stewartstown Elementary School.

Barbara Brown

She is giving back to students and her community after retiring from teaching with over thirty years of experience. Barbara has been a RSVP volunteer for a year. She is a true RSVP volunteer and is an example of someone who helps young students prepare for the future.

 

 

John Kearney named RSVP Volunteer of the Month

RSVP of the Capital Region has named John Kearney as its Lebanon County Volunteer of the Month for March.  Annville resident John Kearney has been the site coordinator for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at the Hispanic Center for several years.  He devotes many hours during tax season to assure that all runs smoothly.  John is crucial to the success of the VITA program.

John Kearney 001The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Call 717-273-9328 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about VITA.

Kearney is Professor Emeritus of English at Lebanon Valley College, where he taught English literature and communications for 35 years.  Helping young people understand and appreciate Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, and George Eliot is a pretty good assignment.  He also volunteers at Lebanon Habitat for Humanity.
A widower; his wife of 44 years, Carol, died two and a half years ago, John is the father of five living children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  His hobbies or pursuits are travel (especially Italy and France), gardening, reading, running, reading the novels of Charles Dickens aloud among a group of friends, and occasional politicking.

John Kearney’s service to our community is an inspiration.  RSVP is proud to recognize him as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2015.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, email lebanonrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org or call RSVP’s Lebanon County office at (717) 454-8956 or the statewide Senior Corps of Pennsylvania hotline toll-free at 1.800.870.2616.

John Moyer named RSVP Volunteer of the Month

RSVP of the Capital Region has named John Moyer, a volunteer with Compeer of Lebanon County, as its Lebanon County Volunteer of the Month for March.  John has been matched with his Compeer friend Roland (not his real name) for more than four years.  Compeer matches volunteers with an individual in recovery from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety in what are called “friendship matches.”

John Moyer PictureWhen they first met, John noted that Roland was a very quiet man who preferred staying in his home. So, John goes over to Roland’s home each week, where they watch movies – both John and Roland are huge movie buffs!  When the weather is nice, John and Roland go for a walk before returning home to watch whichever film is the chosen one for the day.  While Roland prefers the familiarity of his home, occasionally the two friends do go on trips. John remarked that four years ago, Roland would never have gone out to a movie theater; his Compeer friendship has given Roland the confidence to branch out into more social settings.

John loves being a Compeer volunteer. He once said, “I make my Thursday afternoons with Roland as important as any other appointment in my life. I enjoy being with Roland so much, I’d never schedule a doctor’s appointment or anything else during that time. Getting to spend time with someone, helping them get comfortable in new settings, it’s a great feeling. Roland is a great guy, and I’m so glad that we get to be Compeer friends.”

John also drives a van for the VA Hospital, picking up veterans to transport them for appointments at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.  Moyer has a love of singing, especially religious music, and cantors at services held at Ft. Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.

RSVP is proud to recognize John Moyer as the Volunteer of the Month for April 2015.

Compeer of Lebanon County needs volunteers to be a friendship match generally, and in their new CompeerCorps Vet2Vet program where veterans are paired with other veterans.  CompeerCorps Brochure 2015  To learn more, please contact RSVP of the Capital Region at 717-454-8956.

Victoria and Cyrus Condran named RSVP Volunteers of the Month

RSVP of the Capital Region has named Victoria and Cyrus Condran, volunteers with the Salvation Army of Lebanon, as its Lebanon County Volunteers of the Month for May.  Victoria has been volunteering faithfully with the Salvation Army’s Second Harvest food distribution program for 7 years as a sign-in specialist.  Cyrus has been volunteering for over 4 years with the Second Harvest program as the first point of contact and as a food distribution assistant.  According to Lucinda Semsick, Salvation Army Caseworker/Bookkeeper, “the Condran’s are crucial to the smooth operation of the Second Harvest program and we greatly appreciate their service.”

The Salvation Army’s Second Harvest Food Distribution Program is operated in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program is open only to residents who meet income-eligibility limits. For an individual the maximum annual salary is $17,505. The maximum salary increases $6,090 for each additional member of the household, so a family of four cannot earn more than $35,775.

The Condran’s have been married 45 years and have 4 adult children, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  They have lived in both El Paso, Texas, and in Lebanon County.  Cyrus’s work career has involved copper refining, Three Mile Island, and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.  Victoria has many years of experience in hospital and nursing homes serving in various personal care and nursing aide positions.

Victoria and Cyrus CondranRSVP is proud to recognize the Condran’s as the Volunteers of the Month for May 2015.

 

 

 

The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to serve as after school tutors, Second Harvest and Senior Share helpers, and noon/evening meal assistants. To learn more, please contact RSVP of the Capital Region at 717-454-8956.

 

Barbara Brown Named York County Volunteer of the Month

barbara-brownRSVP of the Capital Region has named Barbara Brown as volunteer of the month in York County. Barbara is a very enthusiastic volunteer who is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with. Barbara volunteers every week as a tutor for lower grade students at Stewartstown Elementary School.

She is giving back to students and her community after retiring from teaching with over thirty years of experience. Barbara has been a RSVP volunteer for a year. She is a true RSVP volunteer and is an example of someone who helps young students prepare for the future.

RSVP of the Capital Region announces the November Volunteer of the Month for Dauphin County

RSVP of the Capital Region is excited to present Patricia Gadsden as our Dauphin County Volunteer of the Month for November. Pat has been a volunteer with RSVP for 5 years and serves on the RSVP Board of Directors and is a facilitator for Explore Your Future classes.

pat_gadsdenPat teaches Explore Your Future classes which help people 50+ look at their past, present, and future so that they can decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Pat has helped many people to take the first steps in setting goals and achieving their dreams. Pat also has her own business, Life Esteem, where she is a professional and personal trainer and helps others reach their full potential.

RSVP would like to thank Pat for her willingness to share her time and talents. Thank you Pat for all you do to help others and the community!

RSVP, the nation’s largest volunteer program for adults aged 55 plus, is a Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National & Community Service. RSVP works with volunteers who are 55 and older to help match their time and talents with volunteer positions in the community. RSVP volunteers serve as tutors, meals on wheels deliverers, friendly visitors, VA Medical Center helpers, mentors, knitters/crocheters, food bank workers, van drivers, disaster responders, activities aides, clerical workers, quilters, and much more. For more information on volunteer opportunities, email dauphinrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org , visit RSVP at www.rsvpcapreg.org, or call RSVP via the Camp Hill office at (717) 541-9521 or the statewide Senior Corps of Pennsylvania hotline toll-free at 1-800-870-2616. Explore Your Future is a program of Coming of Age out of Philadelphia, an initiative to promote civic engagement to people 50+.

Lebanon County Volunteer of the Month: Gene Deiter

2014 Gene DeiterRSVP of the Capital Region has named LCCM Volunteer Gene Deiter as its Lebanon County Volunteer of the Month for November. Gene is a main part of the family at Lebanon County Christian Ministries and provides the area food bank with 55+ hours a month of service—sometimes up to 70 hours. To watch him work is a thing a beauty. He can out-pace, out-think, and out-last younger Volunteers.

Gene grew up and lives in Palmyra to this day. He is happily married to Mary Deiter, his wife of 35 years. Gene retired from 18 years in Hershey Public Works. And to illustrate Gene’s work ethic, he used his vacation time during those years, so that he could indulge in his first love……being a stagehand at the Hershey Arena Theatre. This was Gene’s calling. So much so, that it cost him some of his hearing due to the loud concerts that he used to work. Gene was also a member of the Stagehand’s Union for many years.

Gene’s current hobby says a lot about who he is. Gene loves to ride bike, but that isn’t where it ends. He takes that time to pick up aluminum cans that he finds along the road. And that character carries over into his volunteering efforts at Lebanon County Christian Ministries, Lebanon County’s Food Bank. According to Dan Landes, LCCM Development Manager, you can usually find Gene there up to 30 minutes before it opens at 8 AM, just so that he can take that time to go around the building and pull weeds, pick up trash, take care of the plants, and adjust the landscaping timbers. He doesn’t do it for the recognition. He does it because it is a part of who he is: caring and giving. Gene does a host of other tasks for LCCM—everything from driving vans to pick up donations, to delivering noon meals to the ‘less-fortunate’ that are immobile, and in need of food. He also commits himself to maintenance work, and anything else that he deems needs his attention. When told of a need, he is quick to help. If coverage is required, he can be counted on to help.

Gene is a shining example of the good that can be accomplished when we give back. He is a living legacy and Lebanon County is proud to have him as our neighbor.

RSVP, the nation’s largest volunteer program for adults aged 55 plus, works with volunteers who are 55 and older to help match their time and talents with volunteer positions in the community.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, email lebanonrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org or call RSVP’s Lebanon County office at (717) 454-8956 or the statewide Senior Corps of Pennsylvania hotline toll-free at 1.800.870.2616.

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RSVP, a Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National & Community Service, recruits and places volunteers as: tutors, meals on wheels deliverers, friendly visitors, VA Medical Center helpers, mentors, knitters/crocheters, food bank workers, van drivers, disaster responders, activities aides, clerical workers, quilters, and numerous other opportunities where they are most needed in Lebanon County. Visit RSVP at www.rsvpcapreg.org. RSVP of the Capital Region also receives funding support from the United Way of Lebanon County.