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 am so grateful to become the new Director of RSVP Suffolk during National Volunteer Month. It is with sincere appreciation that I want to thank you for being a volunteer.
Thank you for reaching out to RSVP and offering your experiences, talents and skills to bring hope, joy and strength to our community. I know that because you are passionate about caring for others and give so much of yourself, you make a profound difference. Our communities need your care and leadership.
You are truly amazing, and all of us at RSVP are so proud to work with you.
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. 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 Self-Management 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and please stay safe and healthy!
Maryflorence Brennan was featured in the May 15th edition of Long Island Business News. To read the full article, please click on LIBN Movers and Shakers
The need for computers has never been greater.
Nearly 22% of U.S. households currently do not own a desktop or laptop computer (United States Census Bureau). With schools, businesses, libraries, and community centers closed, access to public computers has been effectively cut off. COVID-19 is exposing an urgent and heartbreaking aspect of the digital divide, as one fifth of Americans are disconnected from education, telehealth, employment, skills development, and community.
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.
We are very excited here at RSVP to take on a critical need in Suffolk County for elders – those older adults who have no one to oversee their quality of life and have been deemed by the Courts as being in need of guardianship. Those choosing to volunteer in this program would be “case monitors,” not guardians. They will visit these seniors (with another volunteer) in their residence twice a month and check to see that they are either caring for themselves or that the facility they are in is being attentive to their needs. Volunteers will be given extensive training and guidance as to the task of ensuring another’s quality of life needs. We hope you will consider becoming a volunteer in this most rewarding program and make a difference in a person’s life. If interested or for more information, please call Maryflorence Brennan at RSVP. Maryflorence can be reached at 631-979-9490 ext. 11.
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