This funding will restore retired volunteers programming for Wapello, Monroe and Jefferson counties, the United Way says. The $72,644 in new funding for RSVP should help: Funding is needed, in part, to reimburse retirees 55 and older for gas used going to and from service positions, and to give them a small stipend to assist them financially.
Wilson said the program will look quite a bit different than the old model. A release from the United Way says federal focus areas for the grant include serving at food banks, maintaining community and neighborhood gardens and assisting with income tax preparation.
For information, check out www.wapellocouw.org, www.nationalservice.gov or www.volunteeriowa.org.
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