April 5, 2013 – Superior, WI – Northwest RSVP, a program sponsored by WISCAP member agency Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc. (NWCSA), has been awarded a three-year grant from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) which will enable 336 volunteers to serve 48 different partnering agencies in the counties of Ashland, Bayfield and Iron.
According to Millie Rounsville, CEO of Northwest Wisconsin CSA, the impact these volunteers have on area communities is beyond measure. “Given the economic hardships very rural counties such as ours face and given the lack of fundable resources to address many real needs of our neighbors, a program like RSVP that provides skilled, caring volunteers helps sustain quality of life in our communities.” According to Independent Sector, a leadership network for non-profits, foundations and corporate giving programs, volunteers in the Northwest RSVP program—since 1973—have contributed 47,289 hours, the equivalent of $874,846—back to the communities and organizations for which they volunteered.
Three-hundred and thirty-six (336) Northwest RSVP volunteers in the Ashland, Bayfield and Iron County areas will work at forty-eight (48) different partnering agencies to provide services such as:
- Food pantry support.
- Meals on Wheels food deliveries.
- Transportation assistance.
- Disaster relief outreach.
- Assistance at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
- Classroom and teacher support at the local schools and Head Start programs.
- Distribution of information on food stamps, medical assistance, social security and/or doctor and dental appointments.
The Northwest CSA service delivery area covers the five (5) northwestern Wisconsin counties of Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield, Iron and Price. As a Community Action Agency, Northwest CSA is dedicated to the betterment of life of the low-income residents in its service area. The agency provides a wide array of programs offering assistance to alleviate the needs of the disadvantaged, including: energy assistance, homeless programs and services, food pantries, emergency food assistance, Judicare, RSVP, emergency assistance and rental rehabilitation.
For more information about Northwest CSA’s programs, volunteering or donating to its mission, visit www.northwest-csa.org or call 715-392-5127.