Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center
Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center connects volunteers with rewarding service opportunities at 45 nonprofit and public agencies in their communities that match their skills, interests and availability, and meet critical needs in 33 towns in Cheshire and western Hillsborough counties. RSVP volunteers help organizations fulfill their missions, expand or start new programs, enhance direct client care and build organizational capacity. RSVP also enlists volunteers to serve in our signature programs including the America Reads and the independent living program, Neighbors-in-Deed. Through our partner agencies and programs, community members who are the most vulnerable and at-risk receive the support and assistance they need to meet their basic human needs, increase their ability to succeed in their personal goals and have a quality of life that spans generationally with the help of RSVP volunteers.
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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
- Accident and liability insurance and additional automobile coverage