News Release — Central Vermont Council on Aging
Ded. 19, 2014
Director of Development and Communications
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Barre, VT (December 19, 2014) – Starting in January 2015, Central Vermont Council on Aging will be partnering with the Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont to manage the grant for RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, in the Northeast Kingdom areas. At this time, NEVAAA will assume the program functions that have been performed by CVCOA staff. Though the RSVP offices in Newport and Lyndonville will be closing, NEVAAA will be adding staff hours and utilizing existing staff to manage this program.
Beth Stern, Executive Director of CVCOA, says, “I am thrilled to be working more closely with our sister Area Agency on Aging on the RSVP grant. Having RSVP staff members who are employed by NEVAAA will strengthen our connection to other agencies in the state that serve seniors, and will allow for easier communication about senior needs and volunteer opportunities.”
“The goals of the RSVP grant dovetail nicely with work that we are already doing to increase volunteerism in our area,” says Lisa Viles, NEVAAA’s Executive Director. “We look forward to working with CVCOA to support the valuable programs that the RSVP grant supports as we incorporate the work we are already doing with the growth of new opportunities for volunteers in our region.”
Concurrent with these changes, longtime RSVP Director Guy Isabelle will retire from his position. Replacing him, Dan Noyes of Elmore has been promoted from RSVP Coordinator to RSVP Director.
In taking up his new role, Dan observes, “RSVP volunteers in the Northeast Kingdom have helped thousands of people over the years, assisting many of the non-profit organizations that serve our communities. We will continue to work with new and long-time volunteers alike as Lisa and the staff at NEVAAA assume the functions of RSVP in the region. Together, we will continue to support the volunteers and programs that help people remain independent.”
To contact RSVP in the Northeast Kingdom area, please call NEVAAA at 748-5182 or 334-2190.
Central Vermont Council on Aging supports elders in leading healthy, independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their homes and communities in 54 central Vermont towns. CVCOA is located at 59 North Main Street, Suite 200 in Barre with regional offices located in Morrisville, Randolph, South Royalton and Rochester. Visit CVCOA online at www.cvcoa.org or call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.
The Area Agency on Aging for Northeastern Vermont is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to help people age with independence and dignity. The Agency serves towns throughout Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties. NEVAAA is located at 481 Summer Street, Suite 101 in St. Johnsbury, with branches in Newport, Hardwick, and Island Pond. Find them online at www.nevaaa.org or call &48-5182.