Green Mountain RSVP is for everyone 55 and older who wants to contribute their time and energy to positively impact and improve their community. Utilize your experience, skills and interests to help nonprofit organizations.
We are sponsored by the Southwestern VT Council on Aging (SVCOA). We serve Bennington, Windham, and Windsor Counties. We are 1 of 4 RSVP programs covering Vermont. Each RSVP program is independent of one another, and housed with their own sponsor agency. We work closely together to provide similar programs that make the biggest impact in our areas.
When you join RSVP, you're joining a group of 386 people that volunteer in Southern VT. We partner with over 75 nonprofit stations. We provide annual recognition and social events for volunteers. We issue a bi-monthly newsletter in each county. We help support nonprofits with background checks and liability insurance for RSVP volunteers.
CNCS is our federal grant funder, which provides most of the funds for our program. The grants are for 3 years and require matching funds. For ever $1 we receive in federal funding, we match $3. We get our matching funds from the State of Vermont, and many of the towns in Bennington, Windsor, and Windham Counties. We also receive in-kind donations from nonprofit organizations and businesses that we partner with.
We are #SeniorCorps
Our focus area is Healthy Living, Aging in Place. Which means that we try to place the majority of our volunteers in programs that positively impact the lives of elders in our community. Part of our grant agreement with CNCS is to work with our nonprofit stations and volunteers to measure the impact of the service they provide to the community.
To gather our data, we do annual surveys to people that are served by our volunteers. We can cross-analyze this data by volunteer, common job assignments, towns, counties, and our total service area. All of the data collected helps us reflect on our program, to keep doing what works well and to be responsive and change things that aren't working so well.