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NATIONAL SERVICE IN NEW JERSEY

869

local service sites

6,266

Senior Corps &
AmeriCorps members

$28.6

million CNCS
and local funding

$76.3

million AmeriCorps
scholarships earned since 1994

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national service organization funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Rowan College at Burlington County. RSVP members get to make positive contributions to Burlington County, contributing over $500,000 yearly in community service.

RSVP offers “one-stop-shopping” for anyone aged 55 and over who wants to find challenging, rewarding and significant service opportunities in Burlington County. RSVP partners with area non-profit agencies, to positively impact community needs.

RSVP offers maximum flexibility. Members can volunteer weekly, seasonally or periodically. Opportunities include:

  • Tutoring
  • Advisory Councils
  • Tax Preparers
  • Instructors for Evidence-Based Fitness and Health Management
  • Money Management
  • Visiting Seniors
How to Volunteer

RSVP has hundreds of volunteers donating tens of thousands of service hours in participating Burlington County public or private non-profit agencies. A wide variety of opportunities are available to utilize your talents and explore new interests. Some volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to tutoring, tax counseling, state health insurance assistance counseling, teaching health-related courses, serving on advisory councils, providing services to seniors and assisting individuals in organizing their bills.

RSVP saves Burlington County more than a half-million dollars through over 19,000 volunteer hours yearly. RSVP cannot exist without dedicated volunteers. The RSVP Advisory Council seeks individuals aged 55 or older with experience in marketing, strategic planning and fundraising. Contact us to find out how you can use your time and talents and help citizens both young and old in Burlington County.

To fill out the RSVP Volunteer Online Application, click here.

The New Jersey State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

SHIP - state health insurance assistance programsYour ship has come in! Do you have questions about Medicare, Supplemental Health Insurance or the Part D Prescription Drug Plan? SHIP provides FREE help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who need assistance with their health insurance.

Come on board for free, objective, and confidential help with:

  • Medicare
  • Medicare Part D
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Medigap
  • Long Term Care Insurance

To download the PAAD Document List, click here.

The State Health Insurance Program trains volunteers to assist clients with Medicare, Supplemental Health Insurance and Part D. If you need assistance, or are interested in finding out how you can become a SHIP counselor, please email: kbennett@rcbc.edu or (856) 222-9311, ext. 1494.

Money Management Program

The Money Management Program is sponsored and administered by the State Division of Aging and Community Services, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and AARP

Volunteers:

  • Help clients in Burlington County to continue to live independently by providing help with basic bookkeeping.
  • Assist low-income seniors with budgeting and making sure that bills get paid.
  • Volunteering may be done on a flexible schedule
  • Free training provided

For Assistance

  • If you need help with setting up budgets, paying bills, sorting mail or reconciling your bank statement, click here.

Forms

For more information, (609) 894-7246 or email rsvpoff@rcbc.edu.

Healthy Lifestyle Programming

All of the following programs are currently sponsored by RSVP of Burlington County. If you are interested in being trained to lead any of these workshops in your area or if you’d like to join them as a participant, please contact our office. Be sure to let us know which of the programs you are interested in and how you’d like to get involved.

older women exercising with small hand weightsChronic Pain Self-Management

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain is an evidence based program that has been researched and proven to be effective in the quality of life for seniors.  

This 6-week workshop meets once week for a 2 1/2 hour each session and will cover topics such as: 

  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance 
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutritional information and tips 

Along with other valuable information for seniors. 

Classes are highly interactive, where mutual support and success builds the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.  To join a session please contact us.

 

Older people doing balance exercisesA Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is an 8 session structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls
  • Have sustained falls in the past
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength
  • Are age 55 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve

Sessions are led by two volunteer peer leaders and are available to be held anywhere within Burlington County. For more general information about this program, please click here.

 

A multi-cultural group of older adults smilingTake Control of Your Health

Chronic-Disease Self-Management Program

This six week community workshop is designed to give people with chronic conditions and/or their caregivers the knowledge and skills needed to take a more active role in their health care.

Participants learn healthier ways to live, gain confidence and motivation to manage their health and feel more positive about life.

Applicable chronic conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic pain

The Take Control of Your Health workshop can help you take charge of your life. Sessions are led by two volunteer peer leaders and can be held for free in any township within Burlington County.

For more general information about this evidence-based program, click here.

 

An older woman doing exercises with a stretch band in a chairFit & Strong!

Pain or stiffness in your lower body? Improve the quality of your life!

Fit & Strong! benefits older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis. Each class includes 60 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of group discussion and health education.

Learn to:

  • Manage arthritis
  • Exercise safely
  • Decrease joint pain an stiffness
  • Improve daily function
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Develop and maintain an active lifestyle

Free 8 or 12 week programs for a maximum of 25 persons at your venue.

Medicare Savings Program

Get Help Paying Your Medicare Costs!

If you are 65 years or older, enrolled in Medicare, and meet certain income requirements, you may qualify for a host of cost saving benefits.  Our free service offers one-on-one assistance completing government applications for the various state and federal Medicare assistance programs. Our coordinators can answer your questions and get you started over the phone or in-person by appointment.

We specialize in helping individuals enroll in the following programs:

  • Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD)
  • Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program
  • Lifeline Utility Program
  • Medicare Savings Programs (SLMB, QMB, Q1)

Depending on your income, benefits may include:

  • $100 reimbursement for a hearing aid.
  • Reduction or elimination of your Part D costs.
  • Home Energy Assistance up to $225 annually.
  • Subsidized prescription drug coverage: $5 generics, $7 name brand excluding Diabetic testing supplies.
  • Payment of Medicare Part B premiums on your behalf.
  • Screening for the NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP).
  • Screening for additional utility programs (LIHEAP, USF).

Need help completing the Universal Application for PAAD?
For instructions on completing the Universal Application for PAAD (Senior Gold, HAAD, LIS, SLMB, Lifeline Utility Credit), click here.

To find out what programs you may qualify for, please contact the Medicare Savings Program at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1488 or ext. 1051 or email mippa@rcbc.edu

In charge of an organization, club, or support group that would like to learn more?  Call our office and we will set up a no-cost presentation. You can get your questions answered, learn how to better serve your clients, or simply get some educational materials to reference in the future. 

Already have an appointment but don’t know what you should bring? Download the PAAD Document List by clicking here.

Learning is for Everyone (LIFE)

Explore a lifelong learning institute. This program is coordinator by group of retirees interested in continuing their education on an informal basis. To learn more click here.

Contact Us

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Rowan College at Burlington County
Willingboro Campus
200 Campbell Drive, Room 221
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1583
rsvpoff@rcbc.edu

RSVP Director
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1498
kbennett@rcbc.edu

State Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1494
rsvpoff@rcbc.edu

Fit & Strong!
(856) 291-3546
jrose@rcbc.edu

Learning is for Everyone (LIFE)
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1499
rschwartz@rcbc.edu

Matter of Balance/Chronic Pain Self-Management
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1487
ebogdan@rcbc.edu

Medicare Savings Program
(856) 242-5846
lschlosser@rcbc.edu

Money Management
(609) 894-7246
rsvpoff@rcbc.edu

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