The RSVP of the Capital Region Volunteer of the Month for March 2016 is Patti Hullmann in York County. Patti tutors at Jackson Elementary School in the York City School District for RSVP. She makes fleece scarfs for the students at Jackson. Patti is a retired kindergarten teacher from the Dallastown Area School District, is married to Terry and she has two sons: Kyle and Ben. She enjoys walking her three dogs, sewing, baking, gardening, and playing the piano.
Patti’s other activities include: walking dogs at Animal Rescue, Inc, singing in her church choir, sewing sundresses for the “Little Dresses for Africa” mission. She is active in the Jacobus Lions Club and is a member of the Dallastown Area Communities That Care for the Dallastown Area School District.
Her reason for volunteering is that she feels very blessed with her life and wants to share those blessings with others. RSVP of the Capital Region is very blessed to have her as an active volunteer in York County.
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
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 isa 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.
York County RSVP of the Capital Region held the second annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at Alexander’s Restaurant in York on November 5. Twenty-three individuals included: York County RSVP volunteers, RSVP Board Members, and RSVP employees.
Kyle Joines, an aide to State Representative Schreiber, presented two proclamations to volunteers Josie Auman and Alan Dubs. Donna Watkins, The Reading Bug, presented her program and challenged everyone in attendance to read to children. She provided books to take along with them when the breakfast was over. The York County Gospel Choir gave a salute to the volunteers with a variety of songs.
A great time was had by all who attended the breakfast. For more information on volunteering with RSVP please contact Scott Hunsinger at 443 619-3842 or by eMail at: YorkAdamsFranklin@rsvpCapReg.org
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 administered 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.
Joe Coghlan, York County Volunteer of the month, and Jobie Bolden, Hanover Street Elementary Teacher
Larry Coghlan is a volunteer tutor for RSVP of the Capital Region at Hanover Street Elementary School in the Hanover School District. Larry tutors students in math and helps them with their homework. His students call him ‘Mr. C’ and they love the fancy hat he wears to school. Larry has been a volunteer tutor at the school for the past two years.
He was in the Air Force for eight years, then worked for the federal government for twenty-nine years, retiring in 1999.Larry then worked as a contractor to the government for thirteen years. He enjoys gardening, woodworking and traveling in retirement. He and his wife live in Hanover.
Jobie Bolden, teacher at the school, stated, “Mr. C brings a plethora of experiences to our room, is the grandfather a lot of these students have been missing, and is that extra hand we love having in our classroom”.
Angelina Marnickas, of Hummelstown, RSVP Volunteer at Hershey Library and Milton Hershey Medical Center, received the Senior Corps of PA Legacy Award at the 2015 Zest for Life RSVP Volunteer Recognition at the Radisson Penn Harris in Camp Hill, on May 6. Alicia Richards, WHTM, ABC-27, emceed the 43rd annual event to recognize RSVP volunteers from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York Counties. Angelina volunteered with the RSVP of Schuylkill County prior to moving to Hummelstown and joining RSVP of the Capital Region in 2004. Angelina epitomizes a life of dedicated, long term, community service.