RSVP launches ‘Friends For Seniors’ program

 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has announced its Friends for Seniors program, which offers independent living skills and companionship to homebound seniors in Indian River County at no charge. Recognizing the need for a cost free service to aid seniors in daily living activities, RSVP applied for and received funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The funding enable RSVP volunteers to provide home safety checks, disaster preparedness, nutrition, recreational activities and socialization to homebound seniors in Indian River County.

Newly hired Friends for Seniors Coordinator, Ariel Van Haltern, is looking for volunteers 55 and older to become Friends, as well as homebound seniors, also 55 and older, who need Friends.  Volunteers will be matched with a senior who shares similar interests and personalities.

Volunteers need only give a minimum of two hours a week and a day for training. Trainings are held monthly at the Vero and Sebastian offices. Volunteers do not need to be year-round residents as long as they are able to maintain contact with their senior throughout the year.

Homebound seniors in need of assistance with daily activities, excluding medical and housekeeping needs, are encouraged to contact RSVP for a an assessment.

RSVP, sponsored by the Senior Resource Association, matches the skills and interests of volunteers age 55 and older with the needs of local non-profit organizations.

To volunteer for Friends for Seniors or other projects, call 772-469-2061.

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