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Winter 2015 Newsletter

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Thoughts From the Executive Director

Winter Greetings to All,

As we come to the close of another year, I wanted to thank all of you for giving the gift of yourself in 2014 at your volunteer sites. It’s an act of love for your fellow community members to go out and do service when its 90 degrees or -10 degrees. Suffolk County is a better place because of all of your efforts, big and small. So keep up all your wonderful work! In the New Year, tell a friend not to hibernate…..HELP! They’ll feel better for it and so will the people they are assisting.

Our newest program, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) survived the first open enrollment period for Medicare (10/15-12/7). Many, many phone calls were fielded by our new volunteers and some wonderful veterans of HIICAP who came from the Office for the Aging. SCOFA was supportive and we all helped many seniors confused by their Medicare plans to have some peace of mind after speaking with a counselor. If you are interested in volunteering as a helpline HIICAP volunteer we’d welcome you. Training is, of course, included.

Stay warm; take care of yourselves through the winter months. Stay in the moment and enjoy it!



RSVP is once again sponsoring our Annual Coat Drive. We will be collecting gently-used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves to be donated to soup kitchens and organizations that service the needs of financially-challenged families right here in Suffolk County. Please bring your donations to the RSVP office – 811 W. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 103W, Smithtown. For more information, please call Betty at 631-979-9490, ext. 12. We will be accepting donations until the end of January. Donations accepted through the month of January.


Cold temperatures put an extra strain on your heart. Heavy exertion, such as snow shoveling, clearing debris or pushing a vehicle, increase your risk of a heart attack.

To avoid over-exertion problems, remember these tips:

- Stay warm, dress warm and SLOW DOWN

when working outdoors.

- Take frequent rests to avoid over exertion.

- If you feel chest pain… STOP and seek help