July-August-September 2009 RSVP Newsletter
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Retired & Senior Volunteer Program RSVP Newsletter Serving Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced & Tulare Counties In California’s Great Central Valley A Program of HandsOn Central California Volume 8, Issue 3 July/August/September 2009 Special Issue...We Are Now Five Counties Strong! We continue to move ahead with the goal of strengthening RSVP’s impact in our Central Valley. On 1 April, HandsOn Central California became the sponsoring agency for RSVP in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare Coun- ties. Robbie Cranch continues as Program Director, with Bill Celaya as Field Coordinator for Fresno, Madera and Merced. They are based in the RSVP office in Fresno. The exciting news is that Kings and Tulare Counties now have a staff member each, with an RSVP office in Tulare to serve those counties’ needs. Laurie Killian has joined the HOCC/RSVP team as Field Coordinator for Tulare County, and Rosalinda Verde has joined us at Field Coordinator for Kings County. (continued on page 3) Laurie Killan & Rosalinda Verde at the new RSVP office Kings/Tulare Volunteer Appreciation Where Did The “Old” RSVP Staff Go? Event—Save The Date! Mary Ann Lawrence, former director for the Kings/ Active RSVP volunteers in Kings and Tulare Coun- Tulare RSVP, sends greeting from her new job with the ties—mark your calendars for Friday afternoon, 30 Tulare County Master Gardener Program. She is in October, 2009 for the “Harvest of Volunteers” ap- regular touch with the new RSVP staff and supplies preciation event. This event is complimentary to all priceless assistance with her wealth of knowledge, ex- volunteers reporting hours in the last year. Invita- perience and affection for RSVP and its volunteers. tions will be mailed in September. Watch your Ramon Sanchez, former director for the City of Visalia mailboxes! RSVP continues to work with the City of Visalia Parks and Recration Department, where he oversees over 40 Interested in helping plan? Call the Tulare RSVP programs. Ramon also had been a cordial welcomer office! and helper to our new staff. We Want To Be Sure We Know All Our Active Volunteers All five counties have solid corps of active volunteers and active volunteer stations. As we are bringing the three programs together, we are going over volunteer records. If we have no hours reported for a volunteer since January, 2008, we check with their volunteer site. If the volunteer is working, we request that hours be update so the volunteer gets credit. If the volunteer has retired or moved away, we move them to “inactive” status. A volunteer may return to active status at ANY time by reporting hours. Page 2 Why Those Hours...And Are There Any Changes In Miles...Matter Time Sheets? Retired & Senior Probably the most frequent question Yes. They’ve gotten simpler! Volunteer Program Robbie gets from volunteers is, why should I bother reporting my hours and Serving Fresno, Kings, my miles? I don’t claim mileage reim- In Fresno, Madera and Merced Coun- Madera, Merced, Tulare bursement. I don’t volunteer to be ties, there are no changes in procedure. Counties thanked. So why bother? Volunteers continue to report hours ei- A Program of ther through individual time sheets Here are a couple of answers: HandsOn Central mailed to you three times a year, or tho- California Your hours and miles serve three im- rugh station time sheets mailed to your portant purposes. They are one meas- stations three times a year. Completed ure that we are meeting the goals set by the grants that fund our program. time sheets may be mailed, faxed or de- Miles may count as in-kind contribu- livered to the RSVP office, 732 North tions when we calculate the matching Van Ness Avenue, Fresno Ca 93728- contributions for our grant funding. 3424. Kings/Tulare RSVP Office And, equally important, they become 157 South “K” Street part of the data we present to the pub- In Kings and Tulare Counties, blank Tulare, CA 93274-4001 lic and the media when we talk about 559/688-7926 the power, value and impact of senior individual time sheets will available for volunteering. pickup at any time from your stations. Fresno/Madera/Merced Stations requesting them will have sta- RSVP Office So please help us give the big picture—- tion time sheets mailed or hand-delivered 732 North Van Ness Ave. including you. Report your volunteer Fresno CA 93728-3427 hours and miles! to them. Individual or station time sheets 559/237-3101 may be dropped off at the RSVP box at 559/237-6860 fax So What About the Visalia Senior Center, 310 Locust, 866/476-7787 toll free Visalia, 93291; at the RSVP desk at Mileage Reimbursment? Kings County Commission on Aging A modest mileage reimbursement is HandsOn Staff 680 North Campus Drive Suite D, Han- available to RSVP volunteers. Due to changes in the grant, we are now re- ford 93230; or dropped or mailed to the Executive Director RSVP office, 157 South “K” Street, Tu- imbursing drivers .25/mile for up to Cathy Caples lare CA 93274-4011. You must use an 35 miles a month, with a minimum of RSVP Director 12 hours a month volunteered. You individual time sheet if you are re- Robbie L. Cranch may receive a higher reimbursement IF questing mileage reimbursement—no you are driving for a program which separate mileage sheet is needed RSVP Field Coordinators pays RSVP a supplement. We wish this Bill Celaya, Fresno/ amount could be a great deal larger, Madera/Merced Counties RSVP Name Badges but we are limited by the size of our Laurie Killian, Tulare County grant. Handsome blue and white RSVP name Rosalinda Verde, Mileage reimbursements are made quarterly: in April for January/ badges, with red lanyards, are available Kings County February/March; in July for April/ to all active RSVP volunteers. Administrative Assistants May/June; in October for July/ Nadine Malone, Fresno/ Are you in Kings or Tulare Counties? August/September; in January for Madera/Merced Your new field coordinators will be visit- October/November/December. Mary Krieg-Vasquez ing your sites and will take a name list for Kings/Tulare Mileage must be submitted in an individual time sheet. New, sim- badges. RSVP Newsletter pler time sheets are available to all Are you in Fresno, Madera or Merced Published Quarterly volunteers during July. Distribution – 2500 copies Reimbursemnt is available to the Counties? You may request a replace- ment or new badge from the Fresno driver of a vehicle, not to passen- gers. RSVP office. Mary Krieg-Vasquez has just been hired as the Tulare office administrative as- Page 3 sistant. Volunteer Marlene Chambers will continue to staff the RSVP “branch office” in Hanford. (See article this page). The new office is located in the Kings County Commission On beautiful old Bank of Italy building at 157 South “K” Street, Tulare. The phone is Aging Moves To New Office 559/688-7126, 866/476-7787 (toll free to the RSVP main office in Fresno). Of- fice hours are 10-3 M-F. Stop by and say hello! We are mindful that one RSVP Kings County Commission on Aging now serves a very large geographic area. We will keep many things the Executive Director of Services Sharon same—-time sheets practices, advisory councils, recognition events. The DeMasters announces that they have a newsletter will serve all five counties: in each issue, there will be a section for new home. Effective 1 August, the new Kings/Tulare, a section for Fresno/Madera/Merced, and a section of interest to site is 690 North Campus Drive, Suite all counties. We hope you will find the combination of local and regional news “D” Hanford 93230. Phone remains of interest. Advisory Councils for each area will continue as is, with the pro- the same at 559/582-3211 x 2824. posal that they meet jointly twice KCCOA graciously continues to make a year. (See article this page.) space available for an RSVP desk in Our new staff will spend most of their new office space. Thank you, their time visiting volunteer sites, KCCOA! RSVP wishes you many transferring records, and updating happy years in your new space. data including miles and hours. We ask your patience as we work “Senior Prom” Attendees hard on this formidable task. The Danced And Dined entire staff—-Robbie, Rosalinda, Fresno/Madera/Merced Laurie, Mary—-are working hard RSVP’s annual appreciation luncheon to learn about all the sites, to saw 350 volunteers dressed for the meet volunteers, and to make the prom, dancing the “snowball dance” transition as seamless as possi- and enjoying Pardini’s delicious roast ble. Do you have suggestions ? is a proud supporter of the Retired & beef luncheon. On 17 June, volun- Skills you could share with us? Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). teers took home miniature rose plants, Thoughtful input or friendly awards, door prizes and posed for words? We would love to hear Visit us at pardiniscatering.com or complimentary photographs. from you. 559/224-3188. Our annual raffle winners, drawn at the luncheon, were: Doris RSVP Advisory Councils Welcome Input, Ideas From You Robinson for the Chukchansi Getaway; Louise Ward for the red-and-white RSVP Advisory Councils serve as advisors, event planners, fundrais- handmade quilt; Ernie Ramirez for the ers, and supporters of RSVP. Members are active volunteers in the hooked rug wall hanging; Joyce Kroker counties they serve. Meetings are scheduled regularly and are open to for the 7-course hors d’oeuvres in the the public. Chairs may be contacted through the RSVP offices. garden party. Many, many thanks, as Fresno/Madera/Merced Counties’ AC meets on the 4th Tuesday of always, to Merle Anderson for running the month, 4pm, in the Fresno RSVP office. Shirley Main, Chair. the raffle on site! Kings/Tulare Counties AC meets on the 2nd Monday of the month The luncheon is hosted by the at 10am in the Tulare RSVP office. Rey Arcino, Chair. F/M/M Advisory Council and friends. Are You Interested in Being “On Call” for One Time Volun- teering Opportunities? Each issue of our newsletter will feature a sampler of volunteer opportunities in We are updating and expanding our your county. If you are interested in additional volunteer opportunities, or have list of volunteers interested in one- friends who are interested in volunteering, this is the place to look for the new time volunteer events. If you would and the interesting. RSVP adds volunteer sites, and new volunteer opportunities like to be called for single events, at existing sites, on a regular basis. either half or full day—-always with the right to pass, of course!—-please call the field coordinator for your Do you have friend you think might be interested in volunteering? We would be county and ask to be added to our happy to call them or to send them information about RSVP and our volunteer op- list. portunities. You are our best recruiter! HandsOn Central California RSVP—-Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 732 North Van Ness Avenue Fresno Ca 93708-3424 Return Service Requested Experience Ireland! See enclosed flyer for RSVP (and friends) tour of Ireland, 6-15 November, 2009. $1,999 all-inclusive. The best price you will find ...anywhere Who Sponsors And Funds RSVP? HandsOn Central California (formerly the Volunteer Center of Fresno County) has been the RSVP sponsor in Fresno, Madera and Merced Counties for over 9 years. Our mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize individuals and agencies to take action in their communities. HOCC staff, board and volunteers believe that volunteers and civic-minded people, with hands-on experience, can be a lever for change. HOCC serves a variety of volunteer events and programs in all five counties. The RSVPs serving our five Central Valley counties—-Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tu- lare—-have been in existence for over 35 years, with various sponsors over the years. When the City of Visalia and Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging relinquished their sponsorships of RSVP last year, several agencies applied to take over the sponsorship. HandsOn Central California was selected. The major funding of RSVP comes from a federal grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This program funds three Senior Corps programs: RSVP, the Fos- ter Grandparents Program, and the Senior Companions Program. HandsOn supplies substantial funding and other support to RSVPs in all five counties. Addi- tional funding also comes from sources in individual cities and counties, often earmarked for special use such a mileage reimbursement or volunteer appreciation. RSVP also holds fundraising events such as cruises, trips, and raffles. HandsOn Central California is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in the State of California. Questions about HandsOn Central California? Please contact Executive Director Cathy Caples at 559/237-3101 or toll free 866/476-7787.