Aiken/Barnwell Counties Community Action Agency, Inc.

Contact Information

PO Box 2066
291 Beaufort.NE
Aiken, SC 29801 - 4477
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

The mission of the Aiken/Barnwell Community Action Agency, Inc. is to fight against poverty by mobilizing resources, providing opportunities, programmatic services, and advocacy thereby empowering people to realize and sustain self-sufficiency and self-dignity.

As a non-profit organization, we are charged with providing programs and services that promote and create self-sufficiency directed to individuals, families and communities. Our vision, then, is to serve as a catalyst to improve the well-being of the communities we serve by reducing the causes and effects of poverty.

Our Agency has celebrated its 48th year in operation and has a long, rich, and proactive history in providing community services within our multi-county service areas. We provide a myriad of community services targeted to preschool children, senior citizen, families with children, disabled persons and others with special needs. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a clearinghouse for volunteers and volunteer sites, providing non-profit agencies in Aiken, Barnwell, and Edgefield counties with quality and meaningful senior volunteer service. Our RSVP volunteers are making a difference by providing vital services, and improving the quality of life in the communities in which they serve. The RSVP of Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield Counties requests the amount of $81,693.00. In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, we plan to utilize the talents of three hundred and twenty (320) volunteers. Our volunteers are assigned in various service categories, among these are: Education, Computer Literacy, Environment, Health/Nutrition, Housing Infrastructure, Public Safety (victim and witness assistance), and other human needs. Our RSVP effort has as its focus the following community needs: mentoring youth, classroom aide, providing transportation and delivering meals, visiting and offering companionship for seniors, helping victims of domestic abuse, caring for shelter animals, and many other community services as outlined within our grant application. The RSVP Director regularly contacts each active volunteer station to stay abreast of their needs. Additionally, the Director maintain frequent contact with other community agencies to assist with their needs and/or concerns. Great care is taken to place appropriate volunteers at proper sites so as to enhance experience for the volunteer and favorable results for the site and our community. There are many benefits derived from being a RSVP volunteer. Volunteers often experience not only improved health, happiness, and well being, but they also build enduring friendships and relationships with those they serve. They develop a strong sense of personal pride in realizing their contribution to the greater good and needs of the sites and community.

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