A grant of $14,000 from the Nevada Division for Aging Services has allowed the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Washoe County to purchase a staff car.
RSVP Executive Director Sandra Borrelli said the "vehicle will help the organization's volunteers visit frail elders (the clients for certain RSVP programs) and allow RSVP staff to travel to current and potential volunteer sites, among other purposes."
"This vehicle will be a great additional resource in our efforts to serve area seniors," she said.
RSVP connects accomplished adults 55 and older with volunteer opportunities at more than 60 community organizations in Washoe County, including Renown Medical Center, Reno and Sparks police departments and justice courts, Washoe County Senior Services, RTC Ride, Washoe County Library and KUNR public radio. The program has approximately 700 volunteers.
The vehicle is a 2008 Scion XB, and it was purchased and equipped with signage through the grant from the Division for Aging Services, approximately $3,000 in internal funds and with considerations from the dealer, Carson City Toyota Scion.
RSVP is funded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and the Nevada Division for Aging Services and is part of the University of Nevada, Reno Sanford Center for Aging.
Created in 1993, the Sanford Center for Aging develops innovative ideas, supports educational and research opportunities, and partners with community organizations to "add life to years" of Nevada elders.