RSVP Volunteer of the Month Cumberland County, PA

Cumb VoM Mar 2016

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

Embracing Aging Grant Awarded

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SpiriTrust Lutheran®Jewish Family Services of  York and RSVP of the Capital Region were recently awarded an Embracing Aging grant through the York County Community Foundation’s (YCCF), Hahn Home Fund.  The grant, titled Engagement Encore or E2, will fund a partnership between the agencies which is intended to streamline the onboarding and training of volunteers.

“The Embracing Aging grant will allow us to create one common point of entry for volunteers,” explained Glenn Miller, vice president of External Relations at SpiriTrust Lutheran. “We are pleased that YCCF sees the value in maximizing impact through strategic collaborations. The overall goal is improved service delivery and increased efficiency.”

“This grant will advance volunteer recruitment, offer high quality education to senior volunteers and reduce isolation among older adults,” said Cathy Bollinger, managing director of Embracing Aging. “We are delighted the entities came together and are working collaboratively to engage senior volunteers.”

Pictured above, left-to-right:  Layla Boyce (YCF grants and scholarship program administrator), Cathy Bollinger (YCCF managing director of Embracing Aging, Joan Krechmer (Jewish Family Services of York executive director and geriatric care manager), Angela Dohrman (SpiriTrust Lutheran vice president of senior living), Scott Brubaker (RSVP of the Capital Region program director), Glenn Miller (SpiriTrust Lutheran vice president of External Relations), Scott Hunsinger (RSVP development coordinator), and Carol Miller (Jewish Family Services program and development coordinator).

Larry Coghlan: RSVP York County Volunteer of the Month

Joe Coghlan, York County Volunteer of the month, and Jobie Bolden, Hanover Street Elementary Teacher

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”.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, email YorkAdamsFranklin@rsvpCapReg.org or call Scott Hunsinger at 443-619-3842

June York County Volunteer of the Month–Howard Powell

The RSVP volunteer of the month for June is Howard Powell. Howard has been a volunteer tutor at Hanover Street Elementary School for the past two years. He tutors first, second, third, and fourth graders with reading, English, spelling, and computer skills.

Howard PowellHe is known as Mr. Howard to the students he tutors. He tutors three days a week at the school.

Howard lives with his wife in Dover, Pennsylvania and has thirty five years of IT experience. He worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital  and at the Harford County Public Library as the Computer Support Manager for fifteen years.

His hobbies include reading, football, stock car racing and going to the movies.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.