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Winter 2013 Newsletter

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Winter, 2013

Thoughts From the Executive Director

Hi Friends and Supporters of RSVP:

With 11 months to go in 2013, it’s not too late for me to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year! I hope that everyone affected so traumatically by Super Storm Sandy is well on their journey of rebuilding and getting life back to “normal.” A huge thank you to ALL community volunteers who are still giving countless hours to assisting our neighbors. So many Long Islanders “stepped up to the plate” in those early devastating days. Please call us at RSVP if you need further community resource numbers to assist you.

We at RSVP are very sorry to say that we have lost a wonderful staff member. Joe Flaherty, RSVP’s East End Coordinator, passed away in early December. Joe had such an easy, friendly manner, and he will be missed by the staff as well as the volunteers he served.

On the following pages of the Newsletter, we are celebrating some volunteers who do outstanding work and would never “blow their own horn;” so we’re doing it for them! We hope you enjoy reading about them, and if you know of a co-volunteer or a volunteer you supervise at your site, please let us know about them so that we can celebrate them as well.

Be well, and may the flu bug fail to notice you!


Pegi Orsino


American Heart Month February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Prevention starts with everyone. Protect yourself and your loved ones from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks. For information, go to the CDC website at

RSVP is “looking” for volunteer instructors and program leaders for our Feelin’ Good Program. If you would like to share your talents in exercise, dance, arts & crafts, singing, etc., contact Sue on extension 15.

Looking for volunteer instructors

WelcomeRSVP has a new East End Coordinator, Dianne Taggart. Diane is retired from Suffolk County DPW, after 30 years, and has a rich history of volunteerism; she was a coordinator of a marine mammal strandingEast End Coordinator, Dianne Taggart team and was also a teaching instructor at the Red Cross. Welcome Dianne! If you know of anyone on the East End who would benefit from a daily Telephone Reassurance phone call, contact Dianne at 288-0754.

Resource Corner – Project Hope

The following are community resource organizations should you need additional help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Adelante – serving Brentwood, Central Islip and the Hispanic community.
    (631) 234-1049 x14
  • Clubhouse of Suffolk – serving the Town of Brookhaven, Riverhead and veterans.
    (631) 471-7242 x1319
  • Family Service League – serving the Towns of Huntington, Smithtown, and Eastern Suffolk.
    (631) 369-0104 x12
  • Federation of Organizations – serving the Towns of Babylon and Islip. (631) 669-5355 x1003
  • FEGS – serving Amityville and Copiague.
    (631) 691-7080 x238
  • Hands Across Long Island – serving Suffolk County
    (631) 234-1925 x307