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.

 

Honor our Veterans and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Donating Personal Care Items for our Veterans

American FlagRSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of the Capital Region is commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of caring for those in need during the months of January through March. Veterans receiving care at the Lebanon VA Medical Center are in need of personal care items. It has been 47 years since Dr. King’s death, so in conjunction with United We Serve’s MLK Day of Service, RSVP wants to eliminate this problem for our heroes by sponsoring a 47 day drive to collect needed personal care items.

Donate for 47 days from January 19 through March 6! Examples of what is needed: Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shower gel, soap, shave cream, toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and combs/hair brushes. Grab a few new, unused items at the store. Deposit them at any of the following drop off sites before March 6: 

  • Annville Senior Center, 200 S White Oak St., Annville
  • Area Agency on Aging, 710 Maple St., Lebanon
  • Genco, 1629 Willow St., Lebanon
  • Lebanon Church of the Brethren, 400 Locust St., Lebanon
  • Lebanon Public Library, 125 N. 7th St., Lebanon
  • Lebanon VA Medical Center Voluntary Service Office, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave, Building 18, RM 128C, Lebanon
  • Myerstown Senior Center, 59 N. Ramona Rd, Myerstown
  • Northern Lebanon Senior Center, 335 N. Lancaster St., Jonestown
  • PA CareerLink Lebanon County, 243 Schneider Drive, Lebanon

Just look for the MLK Personal Care Donation signs.

Donated items will be distributed to patients at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

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, disaster services responders, van drivers, activities aides, clerical workers, quilters, and numerous other opportunities where they are most needed in Lebanon County. For large donations or more information on drop-off sites or 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. Visit RSVP at www.rsvpcapreg.org

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.