Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno

Contact Information

1664 N Virginia St
Sponsored Projects Ms 325
Reno, NV 89557 - 0240
(775) 327-2283
FY 2015 RSVP Competition

Executive Summary

During the timeframe of April 2015 to March 2018 we will maintain at least 500 RSVP volunteers in service to the community. Among others, some of their service activities will include: 1) transportation for vulnerable disabled elders; 2) companionship to vulnerable disabled elders; 3) preventing elder abuse among vulnerable disabled elders; 4) food distribution; 5) food pantry support; and 6) actively supporting veterans with disabilities and older veterans. The primary focus area of this project is Healthy Futures. Throughout the three-year grant period, one key outcome related to Healthy Futures activities will be the number of homebound or disabled elders, among those served by volunteers in the Senior Outreach Services program, reporting increased social ties/perceived social support, estimated to be 275 unduplicated clients. Another key outcome related to Healthy Futures will be the number of elders reporting increased food security, among those served by volunteers at the Washoe County Senior Services congregate and delivered meals program, estimated to be 300. The CNCS federal investment of $108,751 will be supplemented by a grantee share of $52,606. RSVP of Washoe County is an existing CNCS-funded site that is a program of the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada Reno, which is under the sponsorship of the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education. With the infrastructure of the University, including expertise in data collection and program evaluation, community visibility, and donor cultivation, RSVP of Washoe County has generated the resources necessary to provide community service above and beyond targets outlined by CNCS. Thus, while we will meet and maintain alignment with the performance measure requirements for our target of 500 CNCS-supported volunteers throughout the three year period, we will also develop and institute an analogous program using unrestricted, non-CNCS project funds, to support additional volunteers to further serve our community.

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