Community Notes and Events

Important information and events of interest to RSVP volunteers.

Important Information For Those With Hearing Impairments

ClearCaptions is a free phone captioning service that provides near real-time call captions of phone conversations for anyone hard-of-hearing or with any form of hearing loss.

Similar to captioned television, ClearCaptions allows for you to read real-time written call captions of what callers say on this revolutionary home phone, your mobile device, or your computer.

This free captioning service is provided by ClearCaptions and paid through a fund administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for anyone hard-of-hearing or with any form of hearing loss. There is no cost to qualified individuals whose hearing loss inhibits their phone use.

For more information, contact Patricia Barna at 631-372-2964

Cleaning For A Reason

Cleaning For A Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning once per month for four months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning For A Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. For more information, go to

Speakers Bureau

RSVP has reconstructed our Speakers Bureau topics to include many interesting and current issues of today: De-stressing Your Live with Meditation, Senior Scams, Improving Your Scrabble and Anagram Skills, and Early Heart Attack Care and Nutrition Education are four topics presented in powerpoint format by trained, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. Each topic presentation lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and handouts are provided. Please call Coordinator Terri Catania at 631-979-9490 ext. 15 for more information or to book a presentation.

Speakers Bureau

Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP)

Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) logo

Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) is a federal and state funded program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is a sponsored service project of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk. Funding is also provided by Suffolk County Office For the Aging. HIICAP provides you and your loved ones with information and counseling about Medicare and other health insurance. Trained staff and volunteers will answer your questions. They can help you with questions about Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare Prescription Plans, Medicare Savings Plans and much more. The services provided by HIICAP are free and unbiased.

Call the HIICAP Information Line at 631-979-9490 ext. 18 to speak with a counselor. HIICAP also provides one on one counseling at local libraries. Please go to the Programs and Services page of our website and click the link to our library schedule.

Tribute Day 2019

RSVP’s Annual Tribute Day Expo and Luncheon took place on Tuesday, September 10th at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. It was a wonderful day with over 350 volunteers and supporters in attendance. The day began with an exhibition by 33 agencies and companies, followed by a delicious lunch at noon. Music, dancing and raffles were enjoyed by all. A highlight of the event was the announcement of RSVP’s Volunteers of the Year. Ernie Granz, who volunteers at the Fire Island National Seashore, and Gloria Violette, who for 27 years has been a volunteer at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, were the recipients of this most-deserved honor. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and participants. You all deserved this great day!

Volunteer of the Year
Ernie Granz

Volunteer of the Year
Gloria Violette

To: All RSVP Partnering Organizations

If anyone has an upcoming event or happening you would like us to advertise on our monthly website or in our semi-annual newsletter, please do so.

You can email us briefly the facts to (Betty), or you can mail 3-4 sentences to

811 W. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 103W,
Smithtown, NY 11787.

You can also fax the info to us at (631) 979-9235.