RSVP Budget and Appropriations Update:
Please call your Senators
to ask that they sign on to the Whitehouse letter.
TAKE ACTION NOW: SUPPORT FUNDING FOR RSVP
The Administration has proposed to end RSVP and shut down the Corporation. Various members of Congress are working on legislation to turn RSVP into a jobs program.
We need to fight back and defend RSVP and national service.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has written a “Dear Colleague” letter to the Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chair and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee seeking an increase in funding for RSVP and Senior Corps (see attached letter).
The letter asks that RSVP be funded at $63 million.
The more signatories there are on the letter, the more that Sens. Blunt and Murray know that RSVP and Senior Corps are important to their colleagues. The more support that is demonstrated for senior volunteer programs the more likely it is that funding will be increased.
We especially want the letter to demonstrate that RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions enjoy bi-partisan support.
Call your Senator urging that he or she sign the Whitehouse letter.
You can call the Capitol Switchboard at
202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators offices.
When you call your Senate offices, you should say that for more information or to sign on they should contact Anna Esten at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honorable Tom Cole
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education
House Committee on Appropriations Senate Committee on Appropriations
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
I am writing to thank you for your support of RSVP in the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. As you know, the RSVP network connects more than 208,000 seniors to volunteer opportunities with organizations across the country. RSVP ensures that senior volunteers’ skills are best matched to the needs of local organizations and communities.
Each year, RSVP volunteers mentor over 78,000 children and provide independent living services for 797,000 elderly individuals and people with disabilities. They provide respite services to almost 20,000 family or informal caregivers, provide disaster relief services to victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, and industrial accidents, support veterans and military families and work with the Department of Justice and other federal and state agencies to combat fraud and promote financial security for the elderly who are most vulnerable to scams. In addition, RSVP programs leveraged an additional 18,500 volunteers to support RSVP activities such as delivering meals to those in need and tutoring at-risk children.
Volunteering through RSVP helps seniors to live vibrant, independent lives. Keeping seniors productively engaged and out of adult day care saves them and their families substantial expense and emotional strain. The cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home (national annual median rate) is almost $86,000. The national annual median rate for a private room is $97,452. In many states, it costs more to put one senior in a nursing home than it does to support an RSVP program for an entire year.
Some 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring everyday and will do so every day for the next 20 years. RSVP is the only national program able to place large numbers senior volunteers in high quality volunteer positions.
We are pleased that you recognize the vital role that RSVP plays in strengthening communities and look forward to working with you this year to ensure that RSVP is appropriately funded.