Calling all Charlestown residents!

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We are looking for Charlestown residents who want a new volunteer opportunity to drive Charlestown seniors to local businesses in town to access basic needs and errands. Help your neighborhood seniors by bringing them to the Mini Super, Cumberland Farms, Rippy’s, Peaches and CVS. We also need volunteer drivers to take them to the Charlestown Senior Center for congregate meals and day activities Monday- Friday between 8:30am and 2pm, no weekends or holidays. This would be drop off and pick up. It’s the perfect way to get active in your community and help out the seniors of Charlestown!

So with all that's going on in my life, how can I support SRIV?

What do you want from me?

First and foremost—change happens thanks to SRIV’s amazing 600 plus volunteers!  There’s always a place, a need, something that a volunteer can have a positive impact on! It’s thanks to our dedicated volunteers that SRIV can make a difference in individual lives and in our 12 southernmost communities of Rhode Island. SRIV promotes and supports volunteers across Washington County, Jamestown and new to us this year, East and West Greenwich.  You can find information on volunteer opportunities on our website www.southernrivol.org under the Volunteer tab, through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages or by calling us at 401-552-7661.  We’ve never met a volunteer we didn’t like!

Volunteers help in a great number of ways.  First, if you are looking to make a difference in an individual’s life, help a senior or a Veteran by giving a ride, providing companionship or delivering food from either local pantries or Meals on Wheels. These are vital ways to help someone age independently in our rural area. You make a difference face to face.  This is a very flexible volunteer opportunity for busy schedules, and it’s rewarding! You can help by volunteering with any number of nonprofit agencies that depend on volunteers to meet a community need.  SRIV partners with over 50 organizations! But if time is not what you have, you can donate directly by mailing a check to PO Box 1047, Charlestown, RI or by donating on our website. Financial support is always critical, especially in support of our senior citizens; they receive so little compared to other causes.

SRIV accepts donations through our website all year long. A donation of $50 ensures that 50 seniors will receive meal delivery for a month!  A donation of $100 means that 10 rides to medical appointments can be given to isolated seniors, people who no longer drive and those who have no resources, family or others to help them.  $150 means that an individual senior can receive help with transportation, food delivery and companionship visits for a FULL YEAR!!!  Your donation has a huge impact in the life of a senior here at SRIV.  It stays local and helps a neighbor; maybe someone you know, maybe your grandparent or your parent!  We sincerely hope you agree that our seniors deserve our support to age in place, in the comfort of their own home for as long as safely possible!  Don’t you want that?

 

In a year’s time SRIV provides the following services because of generous donors like you:

·         500 or more rides to medical appointments

·         200 or more rides to grocery stores/food pantries

·         30,000 or more meals from Meals on Wheels delivered to disabled and homebound seniors

·         20,000 or more pounds of food from pantries delivered to homebound, frail seniors

·         1,200 hours or more of companionship visits each year

·         Occasional leaf raking and snow shoveling of walkways for our most frail, elderly seniors

 

You can also come out to support us at various events throughout the year. This summer, you can find us at the Exit gate of the Seafood Festival in Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI on August 3, 4, and 5th.  Stop by to learn about our volunteer opportunities and grab a November raffle ticket to be entered into a free door prize drawing if you purchase a November raffle ticket - Door prizes are for local summer events. 

Say hi to our volunteers at the windows of the Pomona Kitchen at the Washington County Fair.  In honor of our volunteer efforts, the Pomona Kitchen makes a donation to our food delivery service! 

Other events are promoted on our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.  Save the Date:  March 31, 2019 at Old Mountain Lanes, Wakefield, RI--the annual Edna Bernier Memorial Bowled Over for Volunteers—talk to us about bowling, sponsoring a lane and getting in on the fun! Sponsorships are happening now!

Purchase a Cash Raffle ticket now! Drawing is November 21, 2018—it’s the Thanksgiving for our Volunteers Raffle just in time for holiday dinners, gift giving and family time! Call us for details at 401-552-7661.

See who supports us:  Each month on our website and Facebook, we will introduce you to a local small business who financially supports our services for those in need.  This month, it’s AB Hoxie Well and Pump in Charlestown, RI!  Next up is Northup’s Service Center of Wakefield, RI and so many more to come.  Local small business is the heart and soul of our volunteers and what we are able to accomplish for our neighbors in need. 

Join us at any of these locations for fun, information and so much more!  We’ll be looking for you!

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Neighbors need you to help promote community volunteering.

Many of our Senior Citizens around South County are in critical need of rides and friendly visitors. U.S. Census data shows that Washington County’s 65 plus population grew by 2.9% between 2010 and 2014. That’s the same percentage of growth for the entire population of the whole county between 2000 and 2010! This means there are many more seniors in need than can be adequately served by the very limited public transportation in our communities.

Luckily, Southern Rhode Island Volunteers (SRIV)—and our volunteers and financial supporters—are able to step in and help our neighbors in need through our independent aging program services. This program offers tangible help to age in place while maintaining independence.  A little dedication goes a long way. Each year, SRIV offers seniors in our communities more than 500 free rides to grocery stores and medical appointments. Through Meals on Wheels, we coordinate and deliver approximately 13,780 meals each year to South Kingstown and Narragansett homebound seniors who don’t have another way of getting food.  Our volunteers are working at other county locations to deliver Meals on Wheels in Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Westerly, North Kingstown and Jamestown; approximately 130 individuals are assisted from those sites providing over 30,000 more meals each year.  Additionally, each year, SRIV also transfers more than 23,000 pounds of nutritionally sound food to seniors from local food pantries. 

Our friendly volunteers visit our most frail, homebound and Veteran seniors every week. These visits brighten a person’s day, may provide the only human companionship an individual realizes in our rural area, and help make seniors feel more connected to and cared for by our community members. SRIV’s independent aging service is the perfect way to aid in the lives of seniors and show them you care. 

Aside from volunteering to provide rides and deliver Meals on Wheels, SRIV is also in need of in-office help. We need staff volunteers to answer the phone to help our senior clients and new volunteers who have requests and concerns. A staff volunteer is the vital connection between the senior in need and the volunteer with availability to help.  Internship opportunities in website management, content design, social media team projects, promotion/marketing, fundraising and program service delivery are available with SRIV for local high school and university students.  University students will receive course credit, may receive a stipend and gain valuable work experience while beefing up resume skills!  There are many ways you can use your talents to serve our Southern Rhode Island communities and the senior residents of the area specifically through SRIV. 

SRIV’s amazing volunteers also help with other projects based on skills, interests and individual and community needs. Our volunteers enjoy helping with seasonal events and festivals. This summer, we are offering opportunities to help at the Charlestown Seafood Festival and Washington County Fair. Volunteers at the Seafood Festival will be working the Exit Gate, handing out wristbands for patrons who will be returning to the festival later on the same day.  Our volunteers will also be sharing information on volunteer opportunities, senior services, disaster preparedness services, offering door prize chances for participating in a cash raffle (drawing in November 2018) and providing a thank you for attending! At the Washington County Fair, our SRIV volunteers are a major part of the team in the Pomona Kitchen. Volunteers take food orders for the Pomona Kitchen for a 4 hour shift. They also receive a ticket to the Fair for the day of their shift and a free meal from the Pomona Kitchen as a thank you for helping to raise money in support of Meals on Wheels. Pomona makes the donation in honor of our volunteers’ efforts.  These are just a couple of great opportunities for community service hours for students who are 16 plus years of age. 

Our community partners are also in need of your help. Local nonprofits who help make our communities wonderful places to live need volunteers to make that happen.  This summer, some nature refuges need help with trail maintenance and local historical museums need help from docents. There are so many opportunities that touch on a wide variety of interests so there’s a volunteer position for everyone.

So what are the benefits of volunteering?

As well as having a positive impact on others and the community, volunteering has been proven to have many benefits, making volunteers feel happier and healthier. A few include feeling connected to others, a positive impact on your mind and body, and adding fun and fulfillment to your life (Seagal and Robinson, 2018). Our volunteers have reported back that they love what they do and they love the effect that they have on the community and the lives of individuals, especially seniors they help; it makes them feel complete! 

SRIV cares about your health and happiness. We want you—join our team, get involved with some wonderful people, promote community volunteering and see where it takes you!  Life is a journey so come along!

 

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Community Sponsor: AB Hoxie

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SRIV’s sponsor this month is AB Hoxie Well and Pump.

 

Established in 1991, AB Hoxie is a Charlestown-based family company, serving Washington County and Kent County. Their services include water treatment, maintenance, hydrofracking, well drilling and more. You can contact them if you have low water pressure, no water or other issues with your water. They would be happy to help.  

 

Their mission is to provide their customers with honest, professional service and quality products for their water well needs.

 

AB Hoxie is very active in their community. They have been a generous supporter of SRIV’s volunteer and senior services since 1991. They also sponsor local children’s sports teams every year.


You can contact AB Hoxie by visiting their website, www.abhoxie.com, or by calling (401)364-0118.

Bowled Over 2018: We Raised $9,000!

On March 4th SRIV held our annual Edna Bernier Memorial 'Bowled Over' event at Old Mountain Lanes! More than ever, your support is appreciated with the increase in government cuts hitting the non-profit sector.  Unfortunately, our elderly do not have the funds to offset expenses if our services are no longer available.

It is local businesses and community members like you, who understand the need to give back to our seniors through our key fundraising events.  Your show of support for SRIV’s 'Bowled Over' event helped raise $9,000!!  These funds will be used to carry out our flagship programs, including:

MEAL DELIVERY

  • Over 11,682 meals prepared by Meals on Wheels delivered to 65 home bound seniors in South Kingstown and Narragansett
  • Over 100+ seniors received meals as part of our expansion efforts to Charlestown, Westerly, Richmond/Hopkinton, Jamestown, and North Kingstown
  • 2,640 bags of groceries (that's 39,600 lbs. of food!) delivered to 55 homebound seniors once a month from local food pantries

TRANSPORTATION

  • 3,024 hours of weekly grocery shopping assistance to local seniors
  • 435 rides to healthcare provider appointments for homebound seniors

VISITATION

  • 1,288 companion visits made to help over 25 local seniors facing isolation

MAINTENANCE

  • 20 seniors were provided with minor home repair, yard clean ups & snow removal

With your continued support for SRIV, our mission to help our local seniors in need can continue! Your big heart, has a big impact.  We extend a BIG thank you!  Check out some of the pictures below taken the day of the event, thanks to our wonderful volunteer & marketing diva, Lori Stedman!

Thank you to our event sponsors!

A.B. Hoxie Inc., Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Matunuck Fire Department, Northup's Service Center, Gates Insurance, Tuckertown Fire Department, People's Credit Union, Stasiunas Construction, Baud Builders, South County Smiles Dr. Joe DiSano, Kara J. Scott, Esq., Charlestown Wine & Spirits, Village at Worden's Pond, Lise M. Iwon, Esq., George Sherman Sand & Gravel, Graphic Expressions, The Rathskeller, and the Coutu Family!

Thank you to the business that provided in-kind donations for our event!

Stop & Shop in Westerly, Cumberland Farms in Charlestown, 99 Restaurant & Pub, Dunkin Donuts on Tower Hill Rd, The Mews Tavern, Rock Spot Climbing, Charlestown Mini Super, Entertainment Cinemas- South Kingstown, Robert Anthony Salon

Join us for Bowled Over: March 4th!

On March 4th, 2018 SRIV is putting on our 3rd Annual Edna Bernier Memorial Bowling Event at Old Mountain Lanes!  This is a family friendly event featuring participant prizes/awards, cash & basket raffles to win, and loads of fun!

The participant cost is $20 per person, which includes 3 hours of bowling from noon to 3 PM; (limited lane availability/first come, first served).  No more than 8 bowlers per lane.  Also included with the participant cost is a pizza lunch with soda and water, shoe rental and a great day of fun & entertainment. (Raffle tickets available for purchase).

An incentive for bowlers to help raise critical support funding for our senior services is our pledge drive.  Bowlers who collect pledge that are turned in on March 4th when the sign in for bowling begins, will be eligible for gift card giveaways that will happen every 15 minutes throughout the day.  The top pledge raiser will win $100 cash and a $25 gift card.  Bowlers do no have to collect pledges to participate.

All funds raised for this event support SRIV's Independent Aging Program Services.  This program is a key resource for seniors that provides transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, and food pantries.  Our team also delivers prepared meals (meals on wheels), food from local food pantries and grocery stores to support nutritional and healthy diets.  Our volunteers also provide visitation for isolated and frail seniors.  

Here is how SRIV, our volunteers, and our donors made a difference for hundreds in 2017:

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SRIV continues to provide these vital services because of the generous support of our donors, like you!  Without the partnerships of volunteers, time, & funding, our seniors could not depend on this assistance.  These services help our aging neighbors, including elderly relatives of many of us, who desire to age in place, in the homes they love & feel safe in with dignity and independence because of a little helping hand.  This is not a hand-out, this is a hand-up to our most mature citizens; it's respect, it's honor, and it's love!

To be an individual sponsor for this event, please complete the registration to bowl.  Make your check payable to SRIV.  Return form & check by March 1, 2018.  The portion of your $20 bowling registration that is tax deductible is $10.  If you are donating to support the senior services, your donation is fully tax deductible and can be made here.

If you have any questions please contact us at 401-552-7661 or email info@southernrivol.org.  Thank you for your support!

Mailing address: PO Box 1047 Charlestown, RI 02813

Did you know that 1 in 11 seniors face hunger each day?

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Did you know that 1 in 11 seniors face hunger each day?  That number might seem shocking but that is the reality.  If YOU had the opportunity to help change that statistic, would you?

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers has been bringing meals and support to over 45 seniors per month. With continued support from people like you, nutritious meals can continuously be provided to those who need it most. 

You can help us this #GIVINGTUESDAY, November 28th, by supporting our charitable on-line donation drive to help ensure meals and miles happen this season.  Just a $10 donation helps bring 275 meals a month to seniors in need in our community.  Please share this story and discover how good it feels to share the meaning of giving thanks.

SRIV's Annual Holiday Luncheon for Office Volunteers

A sincere thank you to the volunteers who help to support all of the volunteers at SRIV, the neighbors in need, and services provided each year.  Thank you Louise, Eileen and John we couldn't do this without you.  Kathy B. thank you for all the food you prepared for the in-house volunteers. 

A big thank you to our student volunteers from the Transition Academy of Westerly for all you do each week at SRIV.  We wish you all continued success.

Shannon, Dan, Tanner, and all our service volunteers this year thank you for your efforts.

And, finally to Shooter and Briar our canine volunteers, thank you for lifting spirits and adding to our family on your visits to the office.  Enjoy the bones!

 

 Southern Rhode Island Volunteers' Office Dogs Briar (above) and Shooter (below) wishing everyone some holiday cheer!

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers' Office Dogs Briar (above) and Shooter (below) wishing everyone some holiday cheer!

Feeling Thankful for Food Delivery Volunteers

Sending out a special thank you to all the volunteers who delivered the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale's special Thanksgiving groceries this morning! Over 80 deliveries were made and this would not have been possible without volunteers and those who donate food to make this program possible. Thank you for ensuring everyone enjoys a warm Thanksgiving meal!

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