United Way of North Central Florida engages seniors in community service
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program returns to Alachua County
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.
United Way of North Central Florida has received a three-year national grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage 300 seniors in measurable and outcome-based volunteer opportunities throughout Alachua County. This is a different program from the previous RSVP Program of Alachua County, which existed for many years.
The primary difference is the requirement by the Federal Government that local programs be tied to making an impact in a key issue area of the community. Recognizing the importance of supporting education of our youth, seniors will volunteer in one of three United Way of North Central Florida education initiatives focused on increasing high school graduation rates:
— Early Reading Program: Read with a pre-Kindergarten student for a minimum of 30 minutes/week.
— ReadingPals: Read with a second- or third-grade student for a minimum of one hour per week. Focus on reading comprehension and confidence.
— Check & Connect: Mentor a ninth-grade high school student for one hour a week. Focus on classwork and serve as a positive influence to the student.
"United Way of North Central Florida is pleased to bring a new, results-based RSVP Program to our community," said Debbie Mason, president and CEO of United Way of North Central Florida. "This program will positively impact children involved in our education initiatives in Alachua County by engaging caring adults age 55 and up."
For more information about the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, please contact Ashley Williams, RSVP Program director, at 333-0859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.