2020 Summer Newsletter

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RSVP – Reaching Out During COVID-19

All of us at RSVP want to reach out to our friends, neighbors and supporters to let you know we are here to help you! We have programs and services that are continuing to operate during these difficult and uncertain days. RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance Program provides daily phone calls to seniors living in our community.

RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance Program provides daily phone calls to seniors living in our community. If you know of someone, perhaps a loved one or neighbor who is living alone and could benefit from a daily phone call (especially in today’s environment), please call and leave a message for our Telephone Reassurance Coordinator, Maggie D’Amico, at 631-979-9490, ext. 21. We can begin calling that person immediately. Also, RSVP’s Health Insurance Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP) answers phone calls from those who have question regarding Medicare and related health insurance benefits. Please call 631-979-9490, ext. 18 and leave a message. Our counselors will return your calls promptly. And please check with your local libraries and ask if RSVP’s virtual Chronic Disease SelfManagement and Speaker’s Bureau Programs are available.

To speak to someone about possible volunteer positions in the future or if you have any questions regarding senior issues, please do not hesitate to call us at 631-979-9490 or email to info@rsvpsuffolk.org

Our heartfelt thanks to those “Phone Call” Volunteers who reached out and made telephone calls to all of our over 800 enrolled RSVP volunteers. They were a friendly voice -- letting people know that RSVP was thinking about them and offering any assistance or support if needed. And two shout outs are also very much in order -- first to our Telephone Reassurance Volunteers who, while the office was closed, continued making calls from their homes to our homebound seniors and second, to our HIICAP Volunteers who kept this important program going by returning calls from people with issues and questions concerning Medicare and health insurance. We are so grateful for your generous spirit of community during these trying days.

A very special thank you to Computer Connections volunteer, Rich Romaneck. Not only does Rich take care of our office computers whenever we have a problem, he also set up our staff with remote access to our RSVP files and email on our home computers which allowed us to stay safe at home and still keep RSVP up and running! And kudos to CCCP office volunteer, Irene Grzegorczyk, who has been checking the computer program phone messages and emails from home!

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to all our volunteers who have performed some wonderful acts of kindness during COVID-19. We know there are many of you such as Barbara Bremer who spent countless hours making face masks for nurses and doctors at our local hospitals; and also, Theresa Rueb who also made masks for her fellow seniors at Spangle Drive, as well as Marilyn Daly who has crocheted numerous beautiful baby blankets and lap robes which will be donated to local outreach centers. Also, pictured at left is HIICAP volunteer, Janice Eulau. Janice sewed immeasurable amounts of face masks, some of which she even donated to the RSVP staff! Thank you volunteers! We, at RSVP, know it to be true, that difficult times bring out the very best in people!

Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown is looking for some eager “green thumbs” to help maintain their beautiful formal gardens. It involves some weeding, pruning and general maintenance of the grounds. So, if you enjoy keeping busy outside during these lovely summer months and might like to help out at Sweetbriar, please call RSVP Coordinator, Terri Catania, at 631-979-9490, ext. 15.

The RSVP Board of Directors is reaching out to our volunteers and asking if you might consider joining one of their Board Committees. Your knowledge and expertise would be invaluable in improving the services provided by RSVP Suffolk, as well as helping the organization to grow in a positive and dynamic direction. If you would like to help in the areas of grant writing, marketing or fundraising, please call RSVP Board President, Bob Heppenheimer, at 631-757-9035.

Happy Summer from all of us at RSVP; and in the words of singer/songwriter Sting: “When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around.”