RSVP Programs Making an Impact
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (please call to schedule an appointment)
Location: Catholic Charities’ Schuyler County Office, 105 Ninth St, Unit 20, Watkins Glen, NY
Bone-Builder classes are led by trained RSVP volunteers. The weekly classes use the scientifically-based Tufts University’s Strong Women exercise plan, designed to lower the incidence of osteoporosis. Bone Builder exercise classes include progressive weight bearing exercises, strength training, and balance exercises. The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that weight bearing and resistance training exercises play a significant role in preventing or improving osteoporosis. Classes begin in late September to early October, meeting at 9 sites across Schuyler and Yates counties. Most participants report improved health habits. The Bone Builders classes are offered free to all eligible Schuyler and Yates County residents. Written permission from your doctor is a pre-requisite to joining the program. Classes are located throughout Schuyler & Yates Counties in Hector, Tyrone, Montour Falls, Dundee, Penn Yan and Keuka College. Call the RSVP office for more information or to enroll.
Download our Bone Builders Brochure
RSVP volunteers help distribute food at Schuyler Outreach food pantry sites in Cayuta, Hector, Monterey, Reynoldsville, Tyrone, Jefferson Village in Watkins Glen and Romeo Village in Montour Falls and assist with food distribution at the Bradford food pantry. They can also be found lending a hand when the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Mobile Food Pantry visits sites in outlying hamlets in Schuyler County.
Home Delivered Meals
In Yates County, RSVP volunteers serve approximately 1,000 volunteer hours annually providing home delivered meals to individuals who might not otherwise be able to remain independent. For some homebound seniors, the daily home-delivered meals may be the only hot, nutritious meal they eat in a day.
Schuyler County RSVP Volunteer Drivers provide rides to and from non-emergency medical appointments. You must obtain a referral from the local Veterans’ Affairs Agency, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health, or the Office for the Aging. Individuals needing transportation assistance should allow 3-to-5 day’s lead-time.
To request transportation, call the Transportation Link-Line at 607-535-3555.
**Please note – while RSVP provides volunteers to transport clients, RSVP does not take calls for transportation requests; you must call one of the agencies listed above.
Schuyler-Yates RSVP is looking for persons, age 55 and older, willing to give their time to make sure county residents without transportation get to medical appointments. If you have a reliable vehicle, clean driving record and want to give back to your community, call 607-535-2050 to learn more about the RIDE Program.
We also need drivers for recreational outings for people that need to get to the pharmacy, grocery store, to the Mall to shop, or other trips as needed. All outings will be scheduled in advance with available drivers. Must have a clean license, own your vehicle, and have current vehicle insurance. Mileage Reimbursement Available. Contact Sue for more information.
Each spring, RSVP volunteers help eligible individuals prepare their income tax returns. During January, these volunteer tax counselors are trained by the Internal Revenue Service. Over 98 percent of the returns prepared by RSVP volunteer tax counselors are filed electronically, meaning speedier refunds for those who qualify. Tax assistance is offered through the CA$H program.
During the course of a year, RSVP volunteers log hundreds of hours assisting at thrift shops in Schuyler and Yates counties. At the Once Again Shoppe in Penn Yan, volunteers receive clothing and household donations, sort, and display items, serve customers and accept referrals from area agencies and schools. Volunteers also perform similar roles at the Schuyler County Humane Society’s Wags to Riches store in Watkins Glen.
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