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RSVP Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Days of Service

RSVP Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Days of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration “Serving Others”

RSVP will be joining with hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country and locally in making this holiday a day ON, not a day off by serving others. This celebration will be marked with two events, the first on Saturday, January 19 and the second on Monday, January 21, 2013. Saturday, January 19, 2013 Volunteers will be making hygiene kits at the Broadcast Street Café at 464 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa. These kits are designed to help the homeless and others in need. Today there are more homeless people living in America than ever before. It may be surprising but many of these people look and act just like you and me. Some suffer from mental illness and other from addiction. With that in mind, these hygiene kits are important not only for their health but for their self-esteem. Volunteers are welcome tomorrow from 10- 2 p.m. to help sort and stuff hygiene kits. Are you interested in volunteering?   Do you have some new hygiene products that you would like to donate? Any and all are welcome. The Hygiene Kits will be an ongoing project for RSVP.  So, if you have any of the following items, please feel free to donate them anytime:

  • Oral hygiene products
  • Bath and beauty supplies both full size and samples
  • Hair products such as shampoos, conditioners comb, brushes, etc.
  • Men’s and women’s shaving supplies
  • Clothing – new underwear, socks, hats and gloves
  • Individually wrapped healthy snacks

Please bring your donated items to the Franklin Center any weekday between 8:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2013 The Crossroads Advisory Board and RSVP will be offering a spaghetti dinner from 2:30 to 6 P.M.  At the Ashes to Life Church, 831 4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, Pa. Tickets are $8.00 this is a fundraising event to support the mission of the Crossroads Severe Weather Men’s Shelter.  Volunteers are needed to serve the meal, please contact Maureen Morelli, Shelter Coordinator at (724) 417- 1436. Information on various programs and services in the Beaver County are will be at both events. Here are a few items that we are also looking for to help those in need:

  • New and used books
  • Children clothes sizes 0-12
  • Adult clothing men’s and women’s 4x and higher
  • Adults shoes both men and women size 11 & higher

Keep in mind that all donations are tax deductible including monetary donations. Contact person is Valerie McElvy- RSVP (724)378-7547 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that all people are affected by the actions of one and that the actions of the whole affect each of us as individuals.

Interns Needed

RSVP is in need of an intern to assist in volunteer recruitment for various human service organizations in the Beaver County area. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over with nearly 500,000 volunteers across the country.  As an RSVP intern your responsibilities will include but are not limited to marketing assistance, grant research, event planning and fundraising. Characteristics of an ideal candidate include; self-starter, a people person, strong computer skills and the ability to work a minimum of 20 hours per week for six months. Candidate should also be attentive to factors such as diversity, cultural values and senior citizen issues. Interested parties should call (724) 378-7547 or e-mail vmcelvy@franklincenter.org. This is a non-paid internship position, but the knowledge gained will be priceless. More information about the work of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program can be found at the Senior Corp. website http://www.seniorcorps.gov/.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available through RSVP Beaver County.  Here is a list of just a few: · Mentors · Drivers · Hospice helpers · Visitors to the Homebound · Greeters · Receptionists · Location Managers · People  Who Like to Sew · Seamstresses · Crafters · Grant Writers · Computer Class Instructors · Life Skill Teachers · Handyman Skills · Receptionists If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please call 724-378-7547 or e-mail vmcelvy@franklincenter.org.

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