Yarn and knitting supplies needed for Veterans’ project

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RSVP volunteers make lap robes and afghans for veterans at VA Centers, shelters and senior residences. Yarn may be dropped off at our RSVP office in Camp Hill, between 9am and 4pm weekdays. Please call before delivering. A cart is available for transfer from your vehicle. We can arrange to pick up large quantities. In addition to yarn (no rug yarn please), we also need other knitting supplies.

RSVP partners with schools, food banks and shelters by collecting and distributing hats, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves and personal care items. If you have other handmade needle-arts items that you would like to donate, we would appreciate your collaboration. Cash donations are also welcomed.

If you know of veterans in residence that are in need of any of the items mentioned above, please contact us. RSVP of the Capital Region is a 501[c]3 non-profit community benefit organization that has been assisting volunteers throughout the Susquehanna Valley for more than forty years.

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To donate or inquire, please contact Juli Obaya at 800-870-2616 or email Office@rsvpCapReg.org

 

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Will Lockwood Named RSVP February Volunteer of the Month

RSVP of the Capital Region has named Will Lockwood as its Lebanon County Volunteer of the Month for February.

After retiring as a mechanic with the US Air Force in Colorado, Will Lockwood moved to Lebanon County and quickly sought out volunteering opportunities through RSVP.

In the fall of 2013, Will began delivering with the Meals on Wheels program Will Lockwoodadministered by the Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging. He delivers meals faithfully every Wednesday in all kinds of weather.  The picture of him putting meals in his truck shows the snow on the ground but NOT the frigid temperature!  He has filled in on numerous occasions when people are sick or on vacation. Recently, Will stepped up when one of the other Meals on Wheels volunteers was out for surgery and delivered both Wednesdays and Thursdays for about 14 weeks while the other driver recuperated.  According to Michelle Long, Volunteer Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging, “Will is very kind to the Meals on Wheels clients and all of them comment about how caring he is. They look forward to having their meal delivered by Will!  I am so happy to have him as a volunteer!”

Will Lockwood’s life of service, both professionally and as volunteer, exemplifies the finest qualities of citizenship and neighborliness. RSVP salutes Will Lockwood as its Volunteer of the Month for February.

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.

 

Professional Position: Lancaster and Lebanon Counties Development Coordinator Advertisement

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, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is seeking a Coordinator to recruit and place volunteers in Lancaster & Lebanon Counties.  Work with veterans, senior services, disaster preparedness, tutoring and more.  Experience as volunteer coordinator or strong volunteer background preferred.  Grant work a plus.  FT with great benefits.  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.  $26,325 per annum.  Resume with references and writing sample to ED, RSVP, 50 Utley Dr., Suite 500, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or rsvp@rsvpcapreg.org.