2018 Summer Newsletter

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Welcome To Our Newest RSVP Volunteers

Florence Akande
Francesca Alabrandi
Gracy Andrews
Sonia Aviles
Riki Berger
Charles Bonfante
Gail Bonfante
Christine Botte
Frances Casale
Angelo Chiarelli
Pat Cuttonaro
Marie David
Irene Duggan
Tony Feminella
Mary Fitzgerald
Roland Frank
Linda Franke
John Frost
Dave Gertsen
Timothy Greene
Ann Heltz
Alfred Huberman
Carol Jensen
Allen Krauss
Ronnie Kreitzer
Juliana Lacey
Corradino Lalli
Jay Landau
Matthew Lindsey
Jay Lippert
Maddy Mancarelli
Patricia Mayers
Denise Mercado
Thomas Navaretta Jr.
Alfred Oakes
Catherine Ochwat
Kim Pepe
John Price
Paul Quinnonez
Diane Richter
Doreen Rueda
Dina Scafura
Jane Schoch
Gregory Siragusa
Warren Tackenberg
Rodica Tenenbaum
Joseph Trubisz
Nancy Valente
Star Wahnon
Anne Wieland
Jane Wixted
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
~~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A Bouquet for Joan Flowers

Joan Flowers, who has been an RSVP volunteer for 18 years, has now “retired” from her position as a reading assistant with the America Reads program. Joan says it was a “shared joy” helping Kindergartners and first graders. She added that she has been blessed to assist the two teachers at Wing Elementary in Islip. Joan was glad to be a part of the team that found inventive ways to intervene with those children who were dealing with behavioral problems. In speaking with RSVP Executive Director Pegi Orsino, Joan wanted to say “thank you for giving me Camelot in this placement. I’ve been very blessed!”



On April 24th, the RSVP staff listened to a presentation given by Donna Buccellato from the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) on the topic of “Elder Abuse.” Approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse and one study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and abandonment. Everyone should be educated as to the warning signs and what to do if you know of a senior who may be a victim of abuse. The VIBS Hotline is 631-360-3606. Please visit their website at www.vibs.org for more information.



Attention Volunteers!!

In order to be covered by RSVP’s wrap-around insurance policy while volunteering, it is required that we keep a copy of your current driver’s license on file. So please keep in mind when the time comes for renewing your license, to send a copy of your updated license to the RSVP Smithtown office.



RSVP’s 46th Annual Tribute Day will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Volunteers who have given at least 40 hours of service from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 will be receiving an invitation in mid July. It’s sure to be a wonderful day with exhibits, luncheon, music and raffles. Hope you’ll be with us!

Attention Volunteer Site Supervisors: Please remember to send in your volunteer attendance sheets during the summer months. It is very important for RSVP to record monthly volunteer hours to maintain our federal funding.



Thank You Crafters!

RSVP sends out an appreciative SHOUTOUT to all our wonderful volunteer crafters. Your donations of twiddlemuffs, crocheted fleece blankets and baby blankets are brightening the lives of dementia patients as well as adults and children living in homeless shelters throughout Suffolk County. A special thank you to the crafters at Rainbow Sr. Center in Lindenhurst and the Prayer Blanket Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Ronkonkoma for their beautiful donations! Pictured L-R are Dawn Lettau, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, RSVP Executive Director Pegi Orsino and Kathleen Donnelly, Director of Volunteer Services. Pegi visited Gurwin Nursing Center in Commack with a donation of twiddlemuffs to help the patients in their dementia unit.