RSVP's mission is to provide diverse volunteer opportunities for people 55 and older. RSVP supports Older Americans who wish to remain active and make a difference in their communities.
The RSVP staff and Board of Directors extend their thanks and gratitude to Cheryl and the late Richard Metrick and to the Barry Rudofsky Family for their many years of service and support to the Community Computer Connections Program. Without their generous contributions of both time and financial support, the program would have ceased to exist; and thousands of needy families on Long Island would not have the essential technology of a computer. We are honored to share a photo of the awards they will be receiving, along with the inscriptions. This is just a very small token of our sincere thanks.
The following is a heartfelt essay written by Barry Rudofsky as well as an article about the Metrick’s written by CCCP founder Joel Becker.
Written by: Joel Becker, founder of the Community Computer Connections Program
My history with Richie goes back to the early 1960’s at Wheeler Labs. He was a Jr. Engineer at the Great Neck Facility and I was a Sr. Engineer at the Smithtown building. Even with that distance and “title” separation, I knew that he was someone special. While I was aware of his skyrocketing career through mutual friends and came into direct contact with him on a few social occasions, I had not spoken with him for quite a while until about two years ago. A volunteer program (refurbishing donated computers and donating them to financially disadvantaged families) which I run was almost broke. While researching potential sources of grants, I came across Richie’s and Cheryl’s foundation. I called him out of the blue. Richie, ever direct and no-nonsense, asked me some probing questions, made a very generous donation and, to spur us on, made an amazing challenge grant which we met. Richie’s immediate and munificent response saved our program and as a result thousands of families on Long Island will have the computers which they could not afford to purchase. Riche Metrick- quite a guy!!
Written by: Barry Rudofsky
The greatest feeling a person can have is to play a part in transforming peoples’ lives in a small but meaningful way. For this reason, when our son, Daniel, was in his junior year of high school it became important to look for a volunteer activity that would help Daniel grow and realize the importance of helping others. We did some research and found a perfect opportunity for Daniel to combine his interest in computers with the aim of helping others. Daniel began volunteering for CCCP in 2005 and worked until he left for college in 2007. Our daughter, Melissa, took over for Daniel in 2007 until she went to college in 2009. Finally, our daughter, Leigh, picked up the family tradition in 2011 and began delivering computers until she went to college.
Our entire family has had the privilege of working for CCCP. In addition to helping with some of the fundraising over the years, Caryn and I were able to assist by picking up computers and driving our children to install the computers. After the installation, the children would work closely with the family members, teaching them how to search the Internet, and perform other basic computer skills. Watching the excitement of these people as they learned to navigate their first computers made us all see how simple acts of kindness can brighten someone’s future. It was a fantastic experience for the whole family. We delivered and installed computers in the homes of families that could otherwise not afford them. We saw firsthand how those computers allowed adults to apply for jobs and stay in touch with their children and grandchildren. We also heard from their children that needed the computers to complete their homework and play games. I could not think of a better way for all of us to see how giving back to our community can benefit those who need it most.
In addition, CCCP brought us all into contact with a group of dedicated volunteers who had established a highly organized program and were able to distribute hundreds of computers over the years for only a few dollars each. We all got to see how much CCCP meant to these talented, mostly retired volunteers. These volunteers, led by Joel Becker, have taught us a great lesson; if you see a need in your community, with dedication and hard work you can overcome many obstacles to begin to fill that need. We have been inspired by all those at CCCP who found a way to address the needs of those less fortunate while enabling themselves to feel so useful in their communities.
Dear RSVP Volunteers,
I have been trying to put into words what is it that makes RSVP Suffolk so special. It is the feeling that I have when I look up from my desk and see everyone being so good to each other, caring for each other and working so hard together to make sure that everything is going in the right direction for RSVP. Every volunteer who walks into our office shares their ideas, experiences and passions to help make RSVP be an organization that is the best place for seniors to volunteer and work on programs that truly help others and make our community a better place. It is an unbelievable feeling to be around so much good and positive energy.It is the feeling you will have if you call our office or walk through the door and say hello to Betty. She will answer you with so much kindness in her voice and heart that you feel like she cares about everything that has happened to you your whole life! It is when you spend time talking or working with Denise or Terri on a volunteer opportunity or a program and realize that they have been doing this job their entire life! They have always been making sure every single person they meet is really doing well and if not, they are going to help. I listen down the hall to the calls made by Maggie to our Telephone Reassurance clients. It is always a personal, caring and kind conversation that I know brings genuine comfort to her friends on the other end of the call. It was worth every minute of summer traffic to meet Joan who lights up our East End office with her kindness and dedication. We have been faced with so many changes that I was not prepared for, and Monica and Ursula always embrace each challenge with a smile and positive attitude telling me that it will all be ok. It is how Fran, Sage and Rich, our newest staff members, approach their new roles with wonderment, learning from those around them while presenting new ideas that will help with so many things at RSVP.
Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program
(631)-979-9490 Ext. 18
Trained HIICAP counselors are here to help you! HIICAP is a free program offered by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk
Learn About Medicare And How To Prepare For Open Enrollment
If you are 55 and older, and would like to volunteer in your community, contact RSVP at 631-979-9490 to speak with a coordinator.Visit our volunteer opportunities page to learn more
The Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP) offers help to seniors confused by their Medicare benefits.HIICAP can help you:
To speak to a HIICAP Counselor, please call 631-979-9490, extension 18. These very knowledgeable volunteer counselors will be very happy to assist you.
If you would prefer a face-to-face counseling session, volunteer counselors are available at many libraries throughout Suffolk County.
To schedule an appointment at a library near you, please click here for the HIICAP Suffolk Library Schedule
To attend a Medicare Basics Presentation, please click here for the presentation schedule
Are you an adult 55 or older with an on-going health condition?
Do you live with or care for someone with a chronic illness?
Consider signing up for a free Living Healthy with Better Choices Workshop (Developed by Stanford University)
Chronic conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, anxiety, depression, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and many others.
Join a free 2 ½ hour Living Healthy Workshop, held once a week for six weeks.
Learn from trained volunteer leaders with health conditions themselves.
Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health—and your life!
Educational materials are provided at no cost.
The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging under the Older Americans Act. For over 40 years, Suffolk County Office for the Aging has administered federal, state and county programs for persons 60 years of age and older.Learn more about the Suffolk County Office for the Aging
The mission of the Corporation for National & Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.Learn more about the Corporation for National & Community Service