ZEST FOR LIFE 2015 RSVP TUTOR OF THE YEAR–Lancaster/Lebanon/York

Zest for Life Tutor of the Year
Zest for Life Tutor of the Year

 

Alan Dubs of York is presented with the 2015 Tutor of the Year award for the Lancaster/ Lebanon/York area by Angela Tennis, Board President of RSVP of the Capital Region, at the annual “Zest for Life” Volunteer Recognition at the Radisson Penn Harris on May 6.

 

 

 

 

York RSVP Volunteers for the Month of April

Barbara (Barb) and William (Bill) are the York County RSVP Volunteers for the month of April.

Barbara and William Tenney

They live outside of Delta, Pennsylvania. Bill is retired from Exelon and has two sons, one daughter, and a grandson. He volunteers as a tutor at Delta-Peach Bottom Elementary School and volunteers at Mason-Dixon Community Services in Delta. He has many hobbies include; hiking, kayaking, and reading.

 

Barb is a RN and volunteers at Mason-Dixon Community Services each week. She enjoys her vegetable garden along with her sewing/knitting room.

They are truly a couple giving back to their community.

 

Alan Dubs Named York County Volunteer of the Month for February

RSVP of the Capital Region nominates Alan Dubs for York County February Volunteer of the Month. Alan has been a volunteer tutor at Ferguson Elementary School with the City of York School District. Alan volunteers about thirty to fifty hours a week to tutor students in reading and math.

Alan Dubs

Alan is retired and lives with his family in York. The students whom he tutors love having him at their school.

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.

 

Professional Position: Office Manager

rsvp-job-postLove working with people 55+?

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.

Please send résumé with references and writing sample (article, letter, report, something of your creation) to rsvp@rsvpcapreg.org.

January Volunteer of the Month for Dauphin County

RSVP_volunteer_DisendRSVP of the Capital Region is excited to present Shirley Disend as our Dauphin County Volunteer of the Month for January.  Shirley has been a volunteer with RSVP for 4 years and has volunteered in several capacities. Initially, she volunteered as a clerical assistant at the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. Soon after, she added to her service to the community as a knitter knitting and crocheting items to be donated to veterans or children in need. Currently, she spends most of her time maintaining the Five Senses Garden on the Capital Area Greenbelt in Harrisburg.

The Five Senses Gardens is a one-of-a-kind sensory experience started on the Capital Area Greenbelt in 1996. It has held its ground (and flowers and wildlife) despite torrential floods and environmental adversity via the leadership of Ms. Disend in concert with the efforts of other volunteers and the skillful hands of its groundskeepers. Shirley turns in an average of almost 20 hours per week during the height of the growing season and can be found in the garden as early as February and as late as Thanksgiving. The only thing that keeps her away is extreme weather. And in cases where the weather doesn’t permit her to be in the garden, she returns to knitting and crocheting to let others know they are thought about.

RSVP would like to thank Ms. Shirley Disend for her willingness to share her time and talents via our organization in service to the Greater Harrisburg Community. Your dedication is exemplary and inspiring to all who want to lead by example and become leaders in the community.

Professional Part-time Position: Perry and Cumberland 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, 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 rsvp@rsvpcapreg.org. Deadline April 1.