Are you having trouble loading this page? Click here to view a text-only version.

Diabetes-Self-Management-Program-leader-training-Sept-2013.jpg
9.jpg
16.jpg
walkformow6.jpg

RSVP Volunteers Stay Safe and Well During the COVID Crisis: Help While Still Protecting Your Health

Pat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager for Hampshire and Franklin countiesPat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager for Hampshire and Franklin countiesDuring this national emergency, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley has instituted several steps to protect our 600+ volunteers who are 55 and older. Since seniors are one of the target groups for the COVID-19 virus, RSVP has closed its office and staff members are working from home. Site Partner meetings, Healthy Bones and Balance Leader meetings, New Leader training and New Volunteer Orientations are postponed until a future date. Volunteers are asked to follow guidelines for washing hands, staying home and instituting social distancing. We asked our volunteers to let their volunteer site know that they will be back once the pandemic is over. 

Other volunteers are donating and bagging food at community survival centers and the bags will be available for curbside pickup or delivered to those unable to travel for pickup. 

RSVP staff is connected to our volunteers by voicemail and email to provide help. For example, a call from someone who wanted to volunteer was quickly processed and that volunteer is now delivering meals to seniors. Other volunteers are donating and bagging food at community survival centers and the bags will be available for curbside pickup or delivered to those unable to travel for pickup. Most important, volunteers are helping neighbors who are in need. 

Lynne Feldman, Director of Community Services at LifePath, reports, “LifePath continues to recruit backup volunteers should current volunteers or staff not be able to come to work, or should new needs emerge, due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to register as a backup volunteer, you may do so by calling 413-773-5555.”

For information regarding services in the area, visit Look4Help.org, an online service of RSVP’s sponsor, Community Action of the Pioneer Valley. Baystate Franklin Medical Center needs volunteers and the application process is accessible at Baystate Health. If you have any questions or want to help while still protecting your health, please contact Pat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager for Hampshire and Franklin Counties at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413-387-1286. Ginger Elliott is the RSVP Volunteer Coordinator for Hampden County and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413-387-1296. Be well.