RSVP, headquartered at 901 E. 8th Ave., King of Prussia, announced the receipt of a $46,600 grant from The PHL COVID-19 Fund, a partnership between the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
In a release dated April 16, the partnership announced they were “granting 123 nonprofit organizations providing vital services to individuals facing the wide-ranging and urgent consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.”
Michele Moll, RSVP’s Executive Director reports “This grant will allow us to respond to the emerging critical needs of our most vulnerable community members adversely affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.”
Since March 15, RSVP has recruited, screened and enrolled an additional 360 new volunteers to meet growing needs by delivering food and medications, staffing food pantries, referring Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and providing virtual educational assistance to students learning from home.
In the past month RSVP shifted focus from school and home-based programs in order to keep volunteers safe and practice social distancing. To continue to meet the needs of these groups, RSVP’s school-based programs now provide virtual learning and tutoring. STEM Career Presentations are viewed by students on their home computers to inspire them. Veterans continue to receive virtual math tutoring to prepare for college courses. In home assistance for low-income seniors now includes grocery and medication deliveries as well as friendly phone calls. Medicare counseling is conducted by phone sessions. Management professionals counsel nonprofits on best practices and more volunteers than ever are delivering warm meals and a smile to isolated low-income seniors.
By focusing on volunteer recruitment to meet emerging critical needs and adapting program delivery, RSVP is continuing to meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members with the support of local foundations. Moll continues “We are very grateful to be awarded this grant from the PHL COVID-19 Fund.”
About Philadelphia Foundation: Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit philafound.org.
About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, United Way fights for youth success and family stability because we LIVE UNITED against intergenerational poverty. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.
About RSVP: RSVP is a multiservice nonprofit organization meeting the needs in the community through volunteerism. Volunteer impact programs focus on the needs of vulnerable populations (such as disadvantaged preschool children, at-risk youth, the elderly, those with low literacy skills and veterans) and by providing capacity building support to other nonprofits. To learn more visit www.rsvpmc.org.