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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"My Benefits"

This website offers a quick, easy and confidential pre-screening for individuals to determine if they may be eligible for help.  By answering a simple set of online questions, New Yorkers can find out if they may qualify for supports such as nutritional assistance (food stamps, school meals),  Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC, many other tax credits), health insurance programs including Healthy NY, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Medicaid , and the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and Temporary Assistance.  The homepage includes additional valuable links on these resources and others.

Medication Management Supplies Available

The Schuyler County Office for the Aging has a number of medication management supplies. Pill cutters, pill dispensers, timers, bottle openers, collapsible cups, etc. Anyone who is 60+ years old who may benefit is welcome to contact Gina for more information.

Gina Gasparro
Insurance Counseling Coordinator
Schuyler County Office for the Aging
323 Owego Street, Unit 7, Montour Falls, NY 14865
(607) 535-7108; Fax (607) 535-6832

A Note Of Thanks From Beth Lisk

Dear friends,

I take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed toward my retirement "get-away" gift. David and I recently spent 2 lovely evenings at a Bed & Breakfast at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada, thanks to your generosity. Even though it was extremely hot we had a wonderful time strolling along the flower laden streets of the village, visiting art galleries and the local historical society museum. We also were enchanted by the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.

Thank you all for this wonderful gift.

Beth Lisk

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Residential Energy Credit

You still have time to make qualified improvements to your main home and claim the credit on your upcoming Tax Year 2010 tax return.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides tax incentives for individuals to invest in energy-efficient products. Publication 4845 highlights some key points about the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit and the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. Homeowners who have been considering some energy efficient home improvements may find these tax credits will result in bigger tax savings. Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, is used to claim the credits.

Attached is a PDF of the Residential Energy Credit flyer for your information. It is posted on It can be downloaded and printed or distributed electronically.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Coming Soon...

...a new website and blog for RSVP! Watch for it!

Bone Builders Classes

Bone Builders classes resume this fall. These exercise classes are designed to help reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in men and women age 50 and older. Trained RSVP volunteers lead weekly classes, utilizing progressive weight-bearing exercises developed at Tufts University. These FREE classes will be offered at sites across Schuyler and Yates Counties.

Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of people age 50 and older. While women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, men can also suffer from osteoporosis. Those affected by osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker. They may not know they have it until they break a bone, often the result of a minor fall.

Bone Builder classes are recommended for men and women 55 and older to help reduce the chance of getting osteoporosis. Participants must have a signed release from their doctor to join. Call Schuyler-Yates RSVP at (607) 535-7105 for enrollment information. Space is limited.

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Volunteers Needed: Shopping Assistants

Shopping Assistants are needed to assist Schuyler County residents who are unable to shop for themselves. Volunteers will shop at local stores for groceries, personal care items, prescriptions or other items as specified. Skills Required: Reliability, honesty, integrity, ability to stand for periods of time and walk long distances, reaching, bending, working with money (paying and receiving change), effectively communicating with clients with varying levels of function. Volunteers will use their own vehicles, but are able to claim mileage reimbursement by OFA at the County rate (currently 50 cents/mile). A motor vehicle screening is required for this assignment.

Shopping would generally be required on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.

Let me know if this sounds like something you'd like to do!

607-535-7105 or

Friday, July 2, 2010

Volunteers Needed: Sort of Back-To-School Giveaways

Catholic Charities would like more volunteers to help sort clothes the week of August 16-20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for the actual giveaway on Saturday, August 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you are available and interested in helping with this great cause, please contact me at or 607-535-7105.

Volunteers Needed: Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society

The Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society is in need of two volunteers to do museum work. Volunteers will be asked to assist with routine museum inside and outside care and basic office work. Mobility and basic office skills are a must. Three hours in the am or pm per week are needed. Training is provided.

Volunteers Needed: Strong Kids/Safe Kids

Six to eight (6-8) volunteers are needed to greet visitors and hand our informational materials at Strong Kids/Safe Kids .  This one day event will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00-2:30 p.m.

Please contact Jen if you are available:  607-535-7105 or

Volunteers Needed: ARC Art Gallery

The ARC of Schuyler is in need of volunteers for their art gallery located on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen.  Volunteers would greet customers, handle sales transactions, display art,  and other duties as needed.  Volunteers should be friendly, courteous and independent.  Though knowledge of art is preferable, a love of the arts is expected.

The gallery is currently open Friday thru Monday from 11:30-7:30 p.m.  Morning and afternoon shifts are available. 

If you enjoy art and working with people, please call me at 607-535-7105 or email me at

Volunteers Needed: Schuyler Co. Historical Society

If you love history, this assignment is for you! The Schuyler County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to act as docents. Tours run about 10-15 minutes in length. When not giving tours, the volunteers would be asked to do reception work - take calls, answers questions and do data entry on a computer. Training is provided!

The Historical Society has a wonderful collection and anyone the likes history and/or genealogy would really enjoy volunteering there.

Please call or email Jen today! or 607-535-7105

Volunteers Needed: Receptionists

Catholic Charities is looking for volunteer receptionists. Duties include answering telephones, making copies, greeting visitors, etc. Volunteers should be personable, able to work independently and have good social skills and telephone etiquette.

Coverage is needed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

Please contact Jen at 607-535-7105 or if you are interested.

Volunteers Needed: Gardeners

Cornell Cooperative Extension is looking for a small group of volunteers to work in the new community garden at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. Duties include: weeding, harvesting, insect scouting and organic control solutions, signage, watering, compost mixing, pruning, pinching, bed preparation, crop rotation, seeding in the greenhouse and weekly reporting.

This assignment will start in early June and run through late September. They expect it will take 4-8 hours /week/volunteer.

If this interests you, please email Jen at or call 607-535-7105!

Volunteers Needed: Congregate Meal Deliverer

The Schuyler County Office for the Aging is looking for 1-2 volunteers to drive the OFA van to various congregate meal sites in the county.  In addition to delivering the food, volunteers would also serve and clean up.  Volunteers must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.  Motor vehicle screening is required.

Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

If this assignment interests you, please call Jen at 607-535-7105 or email

Volunteers Needed: Kitchen Helpers

The Schuyler County Office for the Aging is looking for 1-2 volunteers to assist nutrition staff with salads, desserts, dish washing, and dining room setup. This Monday-Friday morning assignment is on-going and would begin immediately or as soon as possible. Volunteers can pick and choose which days they would like to volunteer.  Knowledge of food production in a commercial kitchen or school kitchen is desired, but not necessary. Training provided.

Contact Jen if you're interested!

Volunteers Needed: Cooking Demonstrations

Are you a “people-person” who likes to cook? RSVP has a volunteer opportunity for you! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Nutrition Resource Educator Paddy Redihan is looking for volunteers to assist her with cooking demonstrations this summer at the Farmer’s Market and WIC clinics. Paddy’s long-range goal is to train the volunteers to “fly solo” with the demonstrations. She’s hoping to schedule several demonstrations during the summer and fall. This opportunity requires volunteers who are comfortable interacting with people in a public setting. A love of food and cooking will be a big help!

Call or email Jen at or 535-7105.