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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Yarn & knitting supplies needed for Veterans’ project

yarn

Our RSVP volunteers produce a variety of lap robes and afghans that are donated to veterans at VA Centers and shelters and other senior residences. Yarn may be dropped off at the RSVP offices, located at 50 Utley Drive in Camp Hill, between 9:00am and 4:30pm weekdays. Please call before delivering. A flat bed rolling cart is available for transferring from your vehicle. We can arrange to pick up large quantities. In addition to yarn (no rug yarn please), we also need knitting needles, crochet hooks and other knitting supplies.

RSVP also partners with schools, food banks and shelters by collecting and distributing hats, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves and personal care items. If you or your organization has other handmade needle-arts items that you would like to donate for our volunteer recognition and fund raising events, 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.

To donate or inquire, call RSVP at 800-870-2616 or email rsvp@rsvpCapReg.org.

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 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.

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