Family Services of Central Massachusetts
The mission of Family Services of Central Massachusetts (FSCM) since our founding in 1889 is "to support individuals and families through life transitions". FSCM remains a private, non-profit agency specializing in providing support, guidance and counseling to individuals and families in need through a variety of services from early childhood programs to elder care services. RSVP fits into this mission by providing opportunities for older adults to give back to their community through a large network of community non-profit organizations, schools and institutions.
RSVP's Primary Focus Area volunteers (155) will support Healthy Futures (HF) work at seventeen (17) stations throughout Worcester County. They will work to secure healthy futures for individuals of all ages: frail seniors, disabled persons including the blind, hungry families, impoverished children, veterans and their families, seniors vulnerable to fraud and identity theft, and injury due to falling. RSVP Worcester volunteers who will provide: companionship, transportation, essential information and community programs broadcasts over the radio; the harvest of community gardens; "User Friendly Home "falls prevention training; and "Stealing Without a Gun" training to prevent identity theft and financial fraud targeting seniors. The work of these volunteers will take them to senior centers and senior living high rises throughout Worcester County. They will work on plots of ground in neighborhoods, cultivating soil and planting seeds. The volunteers will staff food pantries, the Worcester County Food Bank, pickup and deliver food through Rachel's Table and Meals on Wheels and they will offer hope wherever they serve.
At the end of year three of this grant in excess of 4,000 unduplicated individuals in Worcester County will have benefitted from activities defined by the CNCS Healthy Futures Focus Area, including those unduplicated individuals served in Healthy Futures work plans with documented performance measures.
The CNCS federal investment of $195,847 for this project will be supplemented by $88,232 of non-federal resources.