Brazos Valley Council of Governments AAA

Contact Information

PO Box 4128
Bryan, TX 77805 - 4128
(979) 595-2800 2026
RSVP 2014 Competition

Executive Summary

Brazos Valley RSVP is a federally funded grant program serving seven counties within Central Texas. The seven counties of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington make up the Brazos Valley Region encompass 5,109 square miles. RSVP volunteers ages 55 and older are linked with the communities' needs throughout the seven counties. At the end of 36 month grant period, an estimated 350 unduplicated volunteers will serve. Some of their activities will include providing transportation for veterans and seniors, assisting in food pantries, disaster preparedness training, tutoring in elementary schools, GED training and employment referrals, and delivering meals to homebound individuals. The primary focus area for Brazos Valley RSVP will be healthy futures. Through healthy futures an estimated 290 unduplicated RSVP volunteers will serve senior citizens, homebound, veterans, and individuals with disabilities through sites providing food pantry support at eight food pantries. RSVP volunteers will also provide transportation through six county health resources centers and home delivered meals through three senior center associations. At the end of the 36 month period 500 unduplicated homebound individuals will report increased food security for themselves and their children as a result of the RSVP volunteer activities, 620 unduplicated individuals assisted through food delivery, transportation, and companionship will report having increased social ties and perceived social support. In addition, within a 36 month period, RSVP volunteers will educate approximately twenty GED participants to successfully obtain their GED and improve employment. RSVP volunteers participate in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which will facilitate disaster preparedness training throughout Brazos Valley region. RSVP volunteers will serve as tutors in an elementary school in Washington County to improve child literacy for six students. The CNCS federal investment of $89,544 will be supplemented by $26,863.20 of non-federal resources.

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