Belmont County CAC
The Community Action Commission of Belmont County sponsors the RSVP program in Belmont County. The Community Action Commission was established in May of 1965 as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. Since that time, CAC has worked toward its mission of combating poverty and its consequences by offering programs to help our residents become self sufficient and to meet their needs and goals. CAC searches for volunteer opportunities in the community which support our agency mission and meet the community needs. Volunteer stations are designed to help many different members of the area including low income adults and their children, seniors, and veterans. A total of 120 RSVP volunteers will be recruited to service 14 locations in Belmont County to meet a variety of needs. The services that the volunteers will provide assistance with include the following: Ohio Benefit Bank for Households, Ohio Benefit Bank for Veterans, Preschools, Head Starts, the Summer Food Program, Local Food Pantries, a computer technology class, and a community garden. At these sites the volunteers will: assist households and veterans with the preparation of filing their taxes and determine if the clients are eligible for other community services; work with children on school readiness skills; assist with the Healthy Living theme at the Summer Food Program and ensure that children are making healthy food choices; assist in the pick up and delivery of food at the food pantries; support and develop basic computer knowledge to help prepare adults to be more marketable in today's competitive workplace; and assist families to create and maintain a community garden. At the end of the 12 month period we plan to have these expected outcomes at the volunteer sites: Ohio Benefit Bank for Households will serve approximately 100 individuals and families using 10 RSVP Volunteers. Ohio Benefit Bank for Veterans will serve approximately 20 veterans with tax preparation as well as helping them find information about other services in which they will qualify. This veterans program will use 10 volunteers. 12 volunteers will assist approximately 120 preschool students with school readiness skills over the course of a school year. 13 volunteers will assist approximately 220 Belmont County Head Start children with school readiness skills. 10 RSVP volunteers will serve approximately 320 hours of service at the Summer Food Sites throughout the months of June, July, and August providing children with knowledge for a Healthy Future. 50 volunteers will be placed at Local Food Pantries throughout the county spending up to 15 hours per week at the stations. 5 volunteers will serve 25 clients helping them learn basic computer skills. 10 volunteers will work closely with 20 families to build a garden that will meet the needs of local low income families. The CNCS federal investment of $32,668 will be supplemented by $_22 302 .(anticipated level of non-federal resources).