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
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.
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
RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is seeking an Office Manager for our Camp Hill office. Full-time with great benefits.
Must have superior phone, administrative, oral and written English skills; reliable transportation, including out of County meetings, training and conference attendance; computer skills with Word, Excel, Internet. Must have ability to work from home, including internet; comfortable with databases; and able to lift 25 lbs on occasion. QuickBooks and non-profit experience are a plus. Usual day is 9 to 4:30; however, requires almost weekly flexibility, some evenings, weekend hours, and occasional overnights. RSVP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. $23,400 per annum.
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Love working with people 55+? Want to make a difference and help others find a great volunteer position that matches their time and talents? RSVP of the Capital Region, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is looking for a part-time Coordinator to recruit and place volunteers in Cumberland & Perry Co. Work with veterans, senior services, disaster preparedness, tutoring and more. Experience as volunteer coordinator or strong volunteer background preferred. Grant work a plus. PT, flexible hrs, some work from home if desired; occasional nights, weekends. Must have superior people, networking, presentation, oral and written English skills; reliable transportation; computer skills with Word, Excel, Internet, and be comfortable with databases. RSVP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. $13,338 per annum (19 hours/week). Resume with references and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline April 1.