2021 Summer/Fall Newsletter

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These difficult days and months of COVID have presented so many challenges to everyone, and that includes keeping the programs and services of RSVP Suffolk going as well! If not for so many of our volunteers stepping up and offering their help, we could not have accomplished all that we have during this unprecedented time.

Our sincere thanks to our amazing Telephone Reassurance volunteers who, from their homes, made (and continue to make) the daily morning phone calls to our homebound and elderly clients. For some of these phone call recipients, it was the only voice they heard during that day! You are a blessing!

Thank you to our incredible Health Insurance Information and Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP) volunteers who kept this program going. They answered hundreds of phone calls from people struggling with Medicare and health insurance issues. From their homes and in the office, they could always be counted on to answer the calls coming in to our HIICAP Help Line. You are the best!!

A shout out to our Living Healthy volunteers who conducted RSVP’s 6-week series of workshops of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program over Zoom! What an accomplishment!

Many of you have provided us with your emails and are now receiving invaluable information from RSVP on Constant Contact. This would not be possible without the expertise of volunteer Rita Schmidt who prepares this monthly email newsletter. We are so grateful!

Thank you Community Computer Connections Program (CCCP) volunteers who continue to refurbish computers which are then donated to people unable to afford this essential technology. You are amazing!

And our heartfelt thanks to our Home Service Project volunteers who spend countless hours (and often their own money for supplies) knitting, crocheting and sewing blankets, twiddlemuffs, and layette items which are gratefully accepted by nursing homes and shelters throughout Suffolk County. This is truly a blessing to so many who receive these beautiful handmade items. You are all a gift to us!

And lastly, thank you to all our volunteers who we know have given their time and talents during COVID. Whether it was checking up on a neighbor, shopping for groceries for someone unable to leave their home, telephoning someone who was struggling with loneliness, making a donation to a food bank or charity, or any number of other ways you helped to lighten the burden of another person – our profound thanks and gratitude! Volunteers are truly a gift of the heart!
(Pictured are some of our volunteers and their recent donations).

Jim and Cynthia Gleason

Debbie Lazen

Marilyn Daly