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 nonprofits.
We are sponsored by the Southwestern VT Council on Aging (SVCOA). The program has been housed with SVCOA for almost 6 years. Our focus area is Healthy Living, Aging in Place. We serve Bennington, Windsor, and Windham 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.
As part of our Healthy Living focus, we partner with some of the following volunteer stations: Meals on Wheels Providers, Transportation Programs, Senior Service Agencies, Food Pantries and Community Kitchens, The American Red Cross, AARP/VITA Tax Programs, Bone Builder Exercise Groups, Mentor programs in local schools. We also partner with many other nonprofits, like Senior Meal Sites, Hospitals, Museums, Libraries, and knitting projects.
When you join RSVP, you're joining a group of 377 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 money 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 get in-kind donations from many nonprofits and businesses that we partner with.
As we mentioned above, 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.
Data tracked- How many volunteers are helping with services, how many people are being served?
The # of unduplicated & duplicated volunteers
The # of hours each volunteer serves in a year
The # of nonprofit stations we partner with
The # of people served by volunteers in Meals on Wheels Delivery, Bone Builder Exercise and Companionship activities, Transportation, Food Pantry Support, and VITA tax assistance
Impact Measurements - How have the services that volunteers give changed the lives of the people who received services?
# of individuals with an increase in social support who recieved services from Meals on Wheels, Transportation programs, Bone Builder classes, and Companionship services.
# of individuals with an increase in food security who recieve services from food pantries, community kitchens, food drives, etc.
# of tax returns submitted