RSVP

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) partners with different sites in Lackawanna, Wayne and Luzerne County to address various community needs.  A program that recruits volunteers who are 55 and older and who are interested in volunteering their time and talents to address community needs.  Traditionally the RSVP program has focused on areas such as Education, Literacy, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures and others.   With our new grant we hope to continue to address those areas in addition to senior isolation, food insecurity and any other opportunities that may arise.

STATION: APPRISE (PA MEDI)

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Volunteer will discuss and counsel Medicare beneficiaries with their health insurance options. Other tasks may involve screening all beneficiaries for subsidy program eligibility. Beneficiaries may present various health care needs, financial situations, etc. and counselors need to be able to clarify options in a neutral unbiased manner.

Volunteers/counselors must take required online modules and successfully pass follow up module quizzes. Additionally, counselors need to attend a mandatory two-day training or participate in a four-day virtual training. After that training counselors must shadow current certified counselors and ultimately take and pass a comprehensive exam to be certified. Volunteers cannot possess an active insurance license if they want to be an APPRISE Counselor. Volunteers may be asked to collect confidential information from beneficiaries.

AVAILABILITY

As needed throughout the year; however, work load becomes especially heavy between September and December of every year (AEP). Generally, counselors may be asked to return phone calls and/or counsel local beneficiaries a minimum of one morning/afternoon per week.

PARKING

The APPRISE office is located in the lower level of the JCC. Parking is available in a parking lot next to the building. There is parking available on the street; however, you must feed the meter or you will get a ticket.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers are required to wear masks while in the APPRISE office. During the pandemic every effort is being made to socially distance in the office.

STATION: BREADBASKET OF NEPA

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Volunteer will take food items and package in boxes/packages for distributing to consumers who come to the food pantry. Additional duties may involve shelving food items for storage. Volunteers may be asked to keep pantry area clean. Volunteers may be asked to collect required data from consumers.

AVAILABILITY

Volunteers will be asked to be available on Wednesdays from 9-12. Breadbasket food pantries are only open on Wednesdays. As of January 2021, RSVP volunteers are currently serving at the BB food pantry which is located at Elm Park Church in Scranton.

PARKING

Parking is available in a very small parking lot close to the entrance to the pantry. There is a much larger parking lot available which is located half a block away from the entrance.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers are required to wear masks while at the food pantry.

STATION: CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES/CARBONDALE

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Volunteer will take food items and package in boxes/packages for distributing to consumers who come to the food pantry. Additional duties may involve shelving food items for storage. Volunteers may also be asked to help keep food pantry areas clean. Volunteers may be asked to collect required data from consumers.

AVAILABILITY

The food pantry is open Monday – Fridays from 9AM – 4PM.

PARKING

Parking is available in a very small parking lot close to the entrance to the pantry.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers will be given masks and gloves to use while at the food pantry. When first volunteering, new volunteer will be assigned a partner to learn volunteer tasks until they are comfortable.

STATION: FRIENDS OF THE POOR

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Volunteer will take food items and package in boxes/packages for distributing to consumers who come to the food pantry. Additional duties may involve shelving food items for storage. Volunteers may be asked to keep pantry area clean. Volunteers may be asked to collect required data from consumers.

AVAILABILITY

Friends of the Poor’s food pantries are open Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00. In addition to normal food pantry hours, Friends of the Poor also does a biweekly pop up food pantry and those locations and hours vary within Lackawanna County.

PARKING

Parking is available in a very small parking lot close to the entrance to the pantry.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers are required to wear masks while at the food pantry

STATION: NEIGHBORWORKS OF NEPA

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Small home repair technician, or a handy person, are needed to assist older adults in small home repairs such as small plumbing leaks and repairs, installing and removal of AC units, step and porch repair, grab bars and railing installations.

AVAILABILITY

As needed.

PARKING

Parking will be dependent on the individual location of the home in need of repairs

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers must wear masks while providing any repairs. Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of volunteers while in someone’s home. Homeowners will be screened for any illnesses or exposure to COVID-19 prior to volunteers entering the homes.

STATION: THE SCRANTON CULTURAL CENTER

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

As a member of our Red Coat team, you are considered an Ambassador to the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Ushers check /scan tickets and assist patrons with finding their seats in the theaters. They hand out programs, manage queues and assist the house managers in specific duties geared to the events.

All our Red Coat volunteers are self-assigned. We adhere to a uniform policy of black pants, white top/ dress shirt, red blazer or cardigan for women and a red tie for men. Closed toe comfortable shoes are a must as standing for long periods of time can be expected.

PARKING

Available on the street with meters checked until 5PM.

MISCELLANEOUS

Masks are required at this time for all volunteers and staff. Certain private events may also require proof of vaccination.

STATION: THE THEATRE AT NORTH

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

An usher is responsible for the customer service of the audience before, during, and after a performance and is mostly situated within the auditorium.

AVAILABILITY

As needed.

PARKING

Free off-street parking is available in their well-lit parking lot located directly behind the building. The parking lot is accessible from Theodore Street off North Main Ave. Please do not park in areas reserved specifically for residents, including the lower lot. Handicap parking spots are available in their main lot. Additional street parking is available on Theodore Street.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers must wear masks while at the theatre. Please note you may be required to stand for periods of time.

STATION: UNITED WAY OF LACKAWANNA & WAYNE COUNTIES

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers. Establish the greatest degree of public trust, to provide top quality service and uphold the highest of ethical standards.

Volunteers will be required to undergo training and successfully pass a test in order to verify they are familiar with current tax laws. The volunteer will be supported by a CPA who will oversee all tax preparations. Volunteers will use an Intake and Interview form and interview taxpayer to determine if all income, deductions and allowable credits are claimed.

AVAILABILITY

Training will begin as early as December or January and preparers will be needed throughout the tax season.

PARKING

The United Way office is located in the upper level of the JCC. Parking is available in a parking lot next to the building. There is parking available on the street; however, you must feed the meter or you will get a ticket.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers are required to wear masks while in the United Way office. During the pandemic every effort is being made to socially distance in the office.

STATION: UNITED WAY OF LACKAWANNA & WAYNE COUNTIES

VOLUNTEER DUTIES

Provide support to the site and volunteer preparers by screening all taxpayers to ensure the taxpayer has necessary information and documents required to complete a tax return. Screeners cannot answer any tax law questions or determine certification levels unless they are certified in tax law. Volunteers will greet all taxpayers visiting the site to create a pleasant atmosphere.

AVAILABILITY

Volunteers will be needed from the beginning of tax season through the end of the season.

PARKING

Sites will be scattered throughout the county based on the needs in the community. Parking may be available in a parking lot next to the building. There is parking available on the street; however, you must feed the meter or you will get a ticket.

MISCELLANEOUS

During the pandemic all volunteers are required to wear masks while in the at any tax preparation site. During the pandemic every effort is being made to socially distance. Plexi glass barriers will be provided to ensure no contact between you and the taxpayer.

Volunteers, please use the links below to submit your Volunteer Hours
and Mileage Reimbursement.

Thank you!

“Best thing about working with RSVP Volunteers is they have a wealth of experiences.  They bring with them talents and responsibilities that make our mission so much easier in achieving.”

Jane Risse, Executive Director, The Greenhouse Project, Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA, remarking on working with RSVP Volunteers
 

“The one thing I enjoy the most, is being out in the community.  I get to work with all kinds of people, people who I would normally not come in contact with, and I get to help them.”

Rick Lynch, RSVP Volunteer, commenting on his time volunteering through the PA-Medi Program
 

“You feel you are contributing not only to the individual clients with whom you might be working with, but to the community at large.  It connects you to a broader circle of friends and acquaintances.”

Barbara Burkhouse, RSVP Volunteer, reflecting on her time volunteering within the VITA Program

AmeriCorps SeniorsFor more information contact:

Alvaro Garcia
RSVP Director

(O) 570.343.1267x3122

(F) 570.969.2977