Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency

Contact Information

702 Third Ave S
Virginia, MN 55792 - 2776
(218) 748-7328
RSVP 2014 Competition

Executive Summary

Arrowhead RSVP, a program of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, will recruit and support an estimated 1,365 volunteers who will share their skills, experiences and time to serve identified community needs in the Counties of St. Louis, Lake and Cook in Northeastern Minnesota. The primary focus area of this project is Healthy Futures, including:

* helping homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities to live independently and increase their social connectedness to alleviate chronic conditions and delay premature nursing home placement;

* offering access to nutritionally-balanced food and meals for income-eligible residents of all ages who seek assistance due to family or individual emergencies caused by the loss of a job, fire, temporary financial hardship, or other circumstances to help them lead healthy, active lifestyles and ease financial burden;

* providing access to healthcare by imparting information on health insurance and health benefits programs to older individuals and senior groups;

* assisting individuals to prevent or manage chronic health conditions, i.e., arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, etc., through participation in exercise programs, support groups and self-management workshops;

Some of the activities to serve the above Healthy Futures Focus Area issues include helping elders to age in place by delivering meals and groceries, providing transportation to medical appointments and providing chore services; assisting food insecure families and individuals by gleaning and distributing product at emergency food pantries and preparing and serving meals at community soup kitchens; increasing access to care by working one-on-one with older individuals and speaking to groups about Medicare, changes to benefits and securing supplemental policies; and leading support groups, workshops and exercise classes to prevent and manage chronic conditions.

At the end of the three-year grant, it is anticipated 2,700 homebound, older or disabled individuals will be assisted to remain living independently, 30,000 needy individuals of all ages will receive nutritious emergency foods (with 50% or 15,000 reporting an increase in food security), and 325 residents will receive assistance in accessing health insurance and preventing or managing chronic conditions.

Additional activities include free tax preparation for 6,000 low-income residents, leveraging cash resources for local critical care health facilities and nonprofit organizations, and other needs determined to be of priority within the communities Arrowhead RSVP serves.

The CNCS federal investment of $133,923 will be supplemented by $58,067 in local resources.

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