Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Signature ProgramsBone Builders
Strengthening seniors one class at a time
Bone Builders was developed in 1996 by a team of exercise specialist from Tufts University and has been tested and used extensively and successfully by hundreds of older adults ranging from 50 to 90 years of age.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends engaging in both weight-bearing exercise (like walking, climbing stairs, dancing and yardwork) and muscle-strengthening exercise to build and maintain bone density. It’s never too late to start a bone-healthy program even if you already have osteoporosis.
You may worry that being active means you’re more likely to fall and break a bone; however, the opposite is true. A properly designed consistant exercise program like Bone Builders will actually help prevent falls and fracture. This is because exercise strengthens bones and muscles and improves balance, coordination and flexibility.
Each class consists of a warm-up, balance work, strength-training and a cool down. The class is offered once or twice per week at locations in the community such as senior centers and senior housing faculties.
CATCH Healthy Habits
Better health for children and adults
CATCH is the nation’s largest evidence-based, intergenerational health program that unites caring volunteers to inspire children to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime.
Teams of volunteers work with children in after-school and summer programs for up to 25 weeks. Each one-hour session includes at least 30 minutes of fun, active games, hands-on nutrition lessons, and a healthy snack.
Healthy Habits for Adults Workshops
Making good health easier to achieve
Healthy Habits for Adults workshops are free, one-time, hour long sessions that offer delicious, nutritious snacks participants can make at home. Each class includes a healthy snack, nutrition lesson, interactive learning activities, recipes and handouts.
Workshops are led by trained RSVP volunteers and teach practical tips to stay on track with healthy eating. Classes focus on eating healthy on a budget.
Sample Healthy Habits for Adults Workshops include:
- Salt - Taste Bud Thriller or Silent Killer/The Importance of Staying Hydrated
- Stay Regular - Enjoy the Power of Fiber in your Diet
- Protein - The Body’s own Superman
- Limited Sugar in your Diet - Sugar Detox 101
- Eating the Rainbow - Love your Fruits & Veggies
- Reducing Fat in your Diet - Fat, the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
- Dairy - Calcium & Vitamin D Superstars
Allowing seniors to stay safe and secure at home
The RSVP Fixit Corps provides minor home maintenance and repair for seniors 60 years or older and disabled citizens. Those seeking services must own their own home and have the ability to purchase the supplies needed for the repair. The labor is provided free of charge by qualified volunteers who have experience in the construction trades or general maintenance and provide the skills necessary to complete the repairs.
Fixit volunteers enjoy flexibility and freedom to choose which jobs that match their talents. Fixit volunteers accept jobs that fit their schedule and skill set and are in geographic areas to which they are willing to travel.
After accepting a job Fixit Corps Volunteers become the “project manager” and work directly with the client to set up a time and date to meet the client and work on the request.
Thresholds and Decisions Making Program
Standing on the threshold of changing someone’s life
Thresholds is a unique program where volunteers meet with individuals currently involved with the New Hampshire criminal justice system to teach better decision making skills. This critical thinking and decision-making course has a twenty-five year history in the Northeast.
Sessions are led by trained RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer program) volunteers and equips participants with critical thinking and decision-making skills so that they can make successful life choices.
Participants are screened for participation in the program by RSVP staff. Each participant attends 12 weekly group sessions taught by Thresholds classroom teachers. Program participants meet one-on-one with their assigned trained volunteer counselor once a week to discuss and reinforce the material discussed in that week’s group session.
Volunteers commit to meeting with program participants for one hour per week for a 12 week session. Training and materials are provided to all volunteers prior to the start of new session. Ongoing training, support, and materials to teach the program are provided to volunteers by RSVP staff.