ELIZABETH, NJ – The skills of residents 55-year-olds and older, retired, semi-retired, or still working are being requested by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)  program, one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for older people.

Volunteers are needed to work in all Union County municipalities and can commit to as many hours as they want, according to their schedules. The program  is  administrated by Jewish Family Services located in Elizabeth.

RSVP is currently focusing on four areas, although assignments can be tailored according to an individual’s interests:

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Capacity building: Volunteers are needed to assist non-profits with volunteer recruitment, training and management functions.  

Education: Tutor and mentors are needed to work with elementary school children and/or assist in the classroom.

Healthy Futures has two goals: Activities that will enable older adults to maintain their independence, such as companionship and food delivery. The second goal is food and obesity where volunteers are needed to develop and maintain gardens as well as offer educational opportunities to low-income individuals. Volunteers are also needed to serve with food distribution in emergency food banks.

Disaster Services: RSVP will train volunteers to give information about the advance preparations needed for natural and manmade disasters.  Volunteers are also needed to create disaster kits and answer the phone in the call center.

To volunteer or for more information about RSVP, contact Nathalie Garcia at 908-352-8375; email, NGarcia@JFSCentralNJ.org; or visit www.rsvpofunioncounty.