Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center
The mission of the Monadnock (RSVP) Volunteer Center (MVC) is to mobilize the skills and talents of people of all ages to help creatively meet community needs through volunteerism.
We work with 45 public and non-profit organizations, matching our volunteers to their needs. In addition, we administer RSVP signature programs including America Reads, a national literacy program in ten elementary schools in the Monadnock region; and Neighbors-In-Deed ,which provides companionship and assistance to help seniors and adults with disabilities remain in their homes. Our services cover Cheshire and Hillsborough counties in New Hampshire.
Here's how we help.
The 13th anniversary of 9/11 was a rainy, drizzly day. But that didn’t deter the Monadnock RSVP volunteers who were hard at work Thursday afternoon fixing up Cheryl Lund’s Keene home. Cheryl's husband Earl was a veteran of the Air Force who passed away in 2014 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease more commonly known as ALS.
Each year, our volunteers commemorate 9/11 with a day of service, helping veterans and their families with home repair, weatherization, and seasonal projects. It is just one component of RSVP’s independent living program, Neighbors-In-Deed.
Five volunteers were pressure-washing the side of Cheryl Lund’s house Thursday to rid it of mildew and also were trimming back gardens and pruning bushes. Volunteers said they had also hoped to paint her back deck, but that the rain was making that difficult, so they were going to come back on a sunnier day.
For Cheryl, who has rheumatoid arthritis and can't do a lot of yard work, the help was “wonderful.” Cheryl remembers her husband as “a very outgoing and intelligent guy. He did everything himself.” But as her husband’s disease progressed, he declined physically and his ability to remember things became worse and worse.
“Thank God for them, really,” she said of our volunteers.” I can’t speak highly enough about it.”
RSVP volunteers first came to help the Lunds in 2013. Cheryl remembers they came on a day when she and her husband had to go to a doctor’s appointment. When they returned home, they found a clean yard, mowed lawn, and pruned gardens.
This year, Cheryl said she believed she would not be able to qualify for the program because her husband had passed away. “They said, ‘Absolutely, you do qualify’,” she said. “They volunteered their services again this year.”
Barbara and Martin Mahoney of Chesterfield were the two volunteers in charge of the pressure washing. Martin, a veteran of the Marines and retired principal of the Chesterfield School, said he and his wife enjoy doing volunteer work during their retirement. “It seemed like a reasonable thing to do,” Mahoney said. “We felt good about what we’re doing.” Overall, 37 volunteers completed nine projects in Keene, Swanzey, Fitzwilliam, Richmond, Hinsdale, and Greenville on 2014's anniversary of 9/11. In 2013, Monadnock RSVP began coordinating its National Day of Service to coincide with the Monadnock United Way’s annual Days of Caring celebration. For Cheryl, their help meant a lot. “This is a home that I now cherish because my husband died here,” she said. “I want to keep it up as best I can.”
- Orientation, training, and enrichment activities throughout the year
- Regular newsletters with how-to advice and success stories
- An annual volunteer recognition celebration
- Accident and liability insurance and additional automobile coverage