NEA ARcare RSVP is serving your community by focusing on HEALTHY FUTURES, DISASTER TRAINING, and OTHER COMMUNITY NEEDS

Volunteering activities will include partnering with state and local programs to:

Encourage healthy futures through education, and providing services

Train volunteers to run volunteer reception stations during disasters

Work in short term or specific projects to meet other community needs

ABOUT RSVP: AN ORGANIZATION LIKE NO OTHER

While there are many generous and willing volunteers eager to become involved in community service, often times there’s a disconnect between those who need help and those willing to provide it. NEA ARcare RSVP bridges that gap. Our mission is to promote volunteerism throughout a thirteen county area in eastern Arkansas.

RSVP BENEFITS

Our volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve. In return for their work within their community, volunteers will enjoy recognition events, group insurance, and multiple health benefits associated with volunteering.

SERVICE LOCATIONS

Clay

**To be determined

Craighead

ARcare Jonesboro Medical
Crowley’s Ridge Development Center
Disaster Education

Crittenden

Total Deliverance Food Pantry

Cross

ARcare Medical/Fitness Center
Cherry Valley Food Pantry
The Good Shepherd

Greene

**To be determined

Jackson

Unity Health-Harris Medical Center

Lawrence

**To be determined

Mississippi

**To be determined

Poinsett

**To be determined

Randolph

**To be determined

St. Francis

Forrest City Medical Center

White

ARcare Bald Knob Medical
ARcare Searcy Medical
Bradford Senior Center
Garner Senior Center
Griffithville Senior Center
Lightle Senior Center
Pangburn Senior Center
Russell Senior Center
Unity Health

Woodruff

ARcare Augusta Longevity/Cancer Center
ARcare Board of Directors
ARcare Center of Education and Wellness
Cotton Plant Food Pantry
Cotton Plant Historical Museum
McCrory Elementary After School Program
Woodruff County Food Pantry

Have any further questions about RSVP in your area, or how you can become an RSVP volunteer? Give NEA ARcare RSVP a call at 870-347-3457 today!

**We have recently obtained ten new counties and are in the process of growing the program in those areas. More sites will be added soon!

About RSVP

RSVP is one of three National Senior Corp programs. It is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community. Service opportunities are as diverse as the communities in which volunteers serve.

About Us

NEA RSVP is sponsored locally by ARcare, a private, non-profit corporation developed to provide affordable care to meet the primary medical needs of the residents in rural Arkansas and Kentucky. ARcare provides support for RSVP stations and volunteers throughout a 13 county area.

Locations

Beginning with 2015, NEA ARcare RSVP expanded volunteer opportunities from the original three counties of Jackson, White, and Woodruff, they had served the previous eight years, to include the ten additional counties of Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, Randolph, and St. Francis.

Need

This service area is situated in the northeastern part of Arkansas known as the Delta. This well known agricultural Mecca flourished 30 to 40 years ago but has seen tremendous decline. Farming modernization, expense, and foreign trade has led to a population shift, and left many areas below the national poverty level and in need of assistance.

Service

During 2015, North East Arkansas ARcare RSVP members volunteered over 13,300 hours of service. The number of volunteer hours is a testament to RSVP member’s generosity. Using Independent Sector’s value of volunteer time – $23.07 per hour, RSVP members’ volunteer service for 2015 is equal to just under $306,831! That generous donation was a big boost to the “quality of place” we hear so much about from our community leaders.

BENEFITS

Recognition Events

Every year NEA ARcare RSVP holds numerous events both large and small to recognize our volunteer base. These events are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow RSVP members and offer RSVP staff an opportunity to honor you and the work that you do.

Health Benefits of Volunteering

  • Increase in self-esteem
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Protection against social isolation
  • Reduction in the impact of stress
  • Strengthening of the immune system: A 1999 study by the University of Michigan identified health benefits to individuals who volunteered just one hour per week. The study demonstrates that “people live longer because they volunteer, rather than people volunteer because they’re healthier and hence more likely to live longer.”

Supplemental Insurance

As an RSVP member, you will be covered by supplemental insurance when you volunteer. The volunteer insurance program includes accident insurance and excess liability coverage.

Personalized Assistance

RSVP staff will work with you to identify a volunteer opportunity that will meet your individual interests. We will match your skills, interests, schedule and geographic availability with a volunteer position that is right for you. We will continue to be available to provide ongoing information and support as your volunteer needs evolve.

Be a Part of a National Movement

Active adults 55 years of age and older are giving thousands of hours daily to positively impact the communities they live in. Your hours will be counted with those of your peers to demonstrate to policy makers and the community the impact of age 55+ volunteerism on a local and national level. Help send the message that RSVP members are making meaningful contributions, solving problems and bringing our communities together.

To learn more about our benefits, call us at 870-347-3457.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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