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Children and families in our community need your help! Join the fight against poverty by giving, advocating or volunteering today!

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Inland Empire United Way’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP recognizes and values the experience and wisdom of mature Americans as one of our nation’s most important natural resources. We believe that by volunteering, you are helping our community while staying active and healthy. We hope to make volunteering easy and rewarding.

RSVP offers direct service volunteer opportunities in following 5 focus areas:

  1. Pre – K /School readiness – in partnership with Easterseals of Southern California, RSVP is placing volunteers in roles where they serve disadvantaged youth (6mos – 5 years old) that are in local Head Start Centers, where they’ll be helping youth prepare for entering Kindergarten.
  2. Tutoring – in partnership with ThinkTogether and Pomona Hope, RSVP is placing volunteers in roles where they serve disadvantaged youth (K – 3rd Grade), by helping them with homework and reinforcing their educational development in literacy and math.
  3. Mentoring – in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire and CASA of San Bernardino County, RSVP is placing volunteers in roles where they serve at-risk youth throughout San Bernardino County by being positive role models and aide them in being resilient adults.
  4. Adult Education – In partnership with Fontana Adult School and the Upland Public Library, RSVP is placing volunteers in roles where they serve underserved local adults by helping them attain personal educational goals, like getting their GED, and improving their literacy skills.
  5. Community Programs – In partnership with various agencies, like Inland Empire United Way, 211 San Bernardino, OMSD Promise Scholars, Ontario History & Art Museum, RSVP is placing volunteers in supportive roles where they help beneficial community programs that provide either resources to the community and /or help strengthen local community pride.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Henry Sotelo at (909) 980-2857 ext. 243 or click the button below to email.

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Volunteering Improves Mental Health

Older people get the most benefit from helping others

Volunteering is good for your mental health, especially in middle age and beyond, according to a new study.

The report, published in the journal BMJ Open, surveyed people living in 5,000 households in Great Britain over several years. About 20% of the people surveyed said they volunteered.

On a questionnaire that measured mental health and wellbeing—where lower scores were considered healthier—people who volunteered scored about 10.7, compared to the average score of 11.4 among people who didn’t volunteer. Volunteering may “provide a sense of purpose,” the researchers write in the study, while helping maintain social networks that are critical as people age…

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