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Larned, Kan. Volunteers Needed
RSVP is in need of a volunteer to help 1 to 1-1/2 days per week (a total of 8 to 12 hours per week) in their Larned, KS satellite office.
This lucky person will:
- Check messages on voice mail and return calls
- Take Medical Transportation intakes
- Contact volunteer drivers to schedule drives
- Set up a file system for drivers
- Set up a file system for individual clients in order of date
- Update Emergency Contacts for drivers (occasionally)
- Attend Larned Chamber coffee’s on Thursday mornings
There will be other interesting things to do as time goes on. The office is conveniently located in Larned.
This opportunity is much more than filling a volunteer spot. It’s teaching and coaching others into being successful when they engage people.
If interested please contact Carol or Linn @ RSVP at (620) 792-1614 or 620-804-0649. We can’t wait to meet you.
RSVP Medical Transportation
Volunteers provide transportation to Barton County residents needing help getting to necessary medical appointments. Volunteers drive their own vehicle and RSVP reimburses 27 cents per mile. RSVP also has a van available to help transport passengers that require a wheelchair. Volunteers can choose long distance or area trips with the option to drive the van when necessary. Volunteers have full discretion to accept a trip or not. All volunteers are screened with a background and Motor Vehicle Records check. Call Victoria for more information at (620) 792-1614 or fill out the Medical Transportation Drives sign up form.
Meals On Wheels
The Meals On Wheels program delivers hot meals, Monday through Friday, during the noon hour to homebound seniors. This is not only a nutritious meal, but a wellness check. Volunteers have the opportunity to be that one person a recipient may see that day, a make sure all is well. Volunteers deliver no more than ten meals and it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending upon the route. Available opportunities can be on-going or as a substitute. Location for meal pickup is at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Avenue in Great Bend or at the Friendship House is Hoisington. Call Susan at (620) 792-1833 or fill out the Meals On Wheels Open Shifts sign up form.
RSVP Thrift Store
The Thrift Store in Hoisington is a large fundraising opportunity for RSVP/ VIA. The store is operated by a dedicated group of volunteers. It is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. It is also open on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Thrift Store is always seeking volunteers to assist in the day-to-day operations. Please contact Phil or Celia Webb to obtain more information at (620) 617-7453.
The purpose of the counseling is to help seniors wade through the maze of Medicare and to help them better understand their choices so they can make informed decisions. This is a totally free service offered to anyone in the area. Volunteers go through the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging training for Medicare Counseling (one day training and several on-line computer hours of homework.) Volunteers donate their time to help clients mainly during the Open Enrollment period for the Part “D” prescription plan. Training for the position takes place in late spring. Linn is the coordinator for this program and she can be reached at (620) 617-3640 or email her at HoggL@bartonccc.edu
The purpose of this program is to help homebound seniors maintain a good nutritional diet by helping them obtain groceries from the store even though they are not able to do so themselves. Grocery Shoppers check in with the RSVP office on a weekly basis to see if there are shopping trips to be done. Shoppers will pick up the lists and the RSVP payment and shop for client. Groceries and receipt are dropped at the client’s home and payment picked up and delivered back to RSVP office. Volunteers are background checked. Please call Linn at (620) 792-1614 for more information about this opportunity or email her at HoggL@bartonccc.edu.
The Great Bend Senior Center is looking for one or two volunteers to help during the noon hour. The volunteer would help pour coffee or tea, greet guests and help with check-in once in a while. Volunteers do not have to be there every day of the week. Contact Brenda at (620) 792-3906.
We also place volunteers with:
- United Way of Central Kansas
- American Red Cross Blood Drives
- Catholic Charities of Southwest KS
- University of Kansas Healthcare System
- Cancer Center
- AARP Tax-Aide Foundation
- Great Bend Chamber of Commerce
- Great Bend Farm, Ranch & Hemp Expo
- Food Banks
- Disaster Relief
- City of Great Bend
- Barton County
- Great Bend Public Library
- Heartland Farms
- Family Crisis Center
- Special Olympics
- Barton County Fair
- Other projects