Atlanta Regional Commission

Contact Information

40 Courtland Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303 - 2538
(404) 463-0437
RSVP 2014 Competition

Executive Summary

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for metro Atlanta. As the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the Aging Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), ARC plans and provides comprehensive services to address the needs of the region's older adult and disabled populations with the mission of creating communities that support healthy, active, independent lives for all individuals through the planning, delivery and coordination of access to information, housing and mobility options, health care and delivery of supportive services.

Metro Atlanta RSVP will engage a minimum of 175 RSVP volunteers to serve with the program through a network of 8 stations including county senior service programs and local non-profits. Volunteer activities focus on community education through presentations, staffing tables at informational events, facilitating evidenced based programs, one-on-one counseling, and conducting administrative and skill based activities in support of program focus areas. Healthy Futures is the primary focus area. In support of Healthy Futures, volunteers will address key community issues such as: how older adults, persons with disabilities, and caregivers access needed programs and services; the importance of health, self-management and preventive services; child and older adult obesity; access to transportation; insurance counseling; and food security through community gardens and nutrition education.

The project will serve 75,000 individuals over the three-year grant period, empowering them with information and supportive services as laid out in program work plans. Target populations include older adults, children, diverse populations, veterans/military families and persons with disabilities.

Data has guided the program to focus on the need for increased outreach in the areas of health education, preventive services, management of chronic conditions and information to help individuals age in place. RSVP will use participation numbers and various evaluation methods such as presentation evaluations, pre and post-tests, and surveys to gauge the impact of information shared and changes in knowledge, social support, food security and behavior.

The CNCS federal investment of $149,695 will be supplemented by a $ 64, 156 grantee match and an additional $49,144 in excess funding support.

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