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Monday, August 30, 2010

Meet Judith!

Meet Judith! You may have spoken with her on the phone as she helps us in the RSVP office from time to time. Judith also volunteers with our yearly income tax counseling program (TCE), the Watkins Glen Public Library, the Schuyler County Historical Society and medical transportation. She's also a member of our RSVP Advisory Council. Here she shows some of her newly knitted hats for Seneca Santa. Do any of these activities sound interesting to you? Give RSVP a call! We have something for everyone! Call 607-535-7105 or email

Volunteers Needed: IMRRC

I'm sure you're wondering what IMRRC is, right?  Well, let me tell you!  IMRRC is the International Racing Research Center located in Watkins Glen and they are looking to find a lot of volunteers!  They need Assistants (up to 20 volunteers) to help with the daily operation of the center and cleaners (1-2 volunteers) to help clean the facility, remove the trash, dust exhibits and help store items.  See below for more details:

Front Desk/Greeter – The volunteer will be at the Research Center’s front desk to greet visitors, answer phones, and answer questions. Must have pleasant appearance and be cordial and professional to all visitors.

Docent/Guide – The volunteer will give guided tours of the Research Center, be able to answer detailed questions about exhibits and operate the audio/visual equipment. Must be articulate and familiar with the Research Center and its holdings and finding aids. Must have pleasant appearance and be cordial and professional to all visitors

Researcher - The volunteer will be familiar enough with information in databases and the physical archives to aide requestors in locating research items, photos, articles, etc., through email or personal inquiries, and provide photocopies as requested.

Data Entry – The volunteer will input data into various computer software programs, for purposes of bookkeeping, collection databases, etc. Must be PC literate and familiar with MS Office.

Cleaner/Floater – The volunteer will help keep the museum clean and presentable to the public. Help in storing of items, dusting, and removal of trash, etc.

Filing – The volunteer will keep research files up to date by adding to the files and keeping them alphabetized or indexed.

Special Event Aide – The volunteer will help at any of the Research Center’s fundraisers, programs, and other special events, including those at Watkins Glen International. They will help with set-up and take-down and interact with the public.

Contact Jen if you're interested in volunteering at the IMRRC!  607-535-7105 or

Volunteers Needed: Wii Instructor

Do like to play games and have FUN?? This opportunity is just for you! The Schuyler County OFA is looking for 1-2 volunteers to teach different Wii games to the seniors attending the Montour Falls congregate meal site. This will take place prior to the meal (possibly 10:00- 11:30am). Volunteers will oversee the sign-in process and provide 1:1 or small group instruction.

Knowledge of Wii apparatus and variety of games or desire to learn the different games; reliability; punctuality; ability to stand for periods of time; reaching; bending; quick movements with arms and legs; effectively communicating with clients with varying levels of function; ability to demonstrate movements.

Volunteers Needed: Keuka Comfort Care Home

The Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan is looking for volunteers to provide end of life comfort care, including help with medications and personal care, to residents of Keuka Comfort Care Home.  Also to provide emotional support to residents and family members.

Skills required:  compassion, empathy, positive demeanor, ability to perform or assist with caregiving activities including feeding, grooming, repositioning, hygiene; ability to perform basic cooking and housekeeping activities; must be able to read, write and speak English.

Training:  4-part classroom style training (approximately 6-8 hours) followed by 2-3 shadowing experiences.  Training to include information on communication, stress management, grief and spirituality, and hands-on caregiving.

Times/Dates Needed:  Volunteers work in 4-hour shifts.  Thursdays between 3:00 - 8:00 p.m..  Fridays between 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. periodically.  Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m..  Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m..  Volunteer support on evenings and weekends are most needed.  Volunteer weekly or every other week.

If this sounds like an assignment you would like to pursue, please contact RSVP at 607-535-7105 or email Jen at

Keuka Comfort Care Fund Raiser

See HERE for flier.

The Keuka Comfort Care home is hosting its Fifth Annual Pig Roast, Sunday, September 12, at The VALLEY INN in Guyanoga, from 1 to 4 PM.

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and join in all the fun with the folks from the Keuka Comfort Care Home for their 5th Annual Pig Roast. Willie and Jennifer Allison, along with the fine staff at The Valley Inn, and the wonderful volunteers from the Keuka Comfort Care Home, make this an enjoyable day with all you can eat, spit roasted pig, fabulous salads and fine accompaniments, and of course great friends, both old and new.

Takeouts will be available for those who can’t stay and socialize or if you can’t get enough of this mouthwatering meal. Tickets are a $12.00 donation. and are available at THE VALLEY INN, THE MOOSE CLUB, PINCKNEY HARDWARE, and LONG’S CARDS AND BOOKS, or call BILL KAYS at 315-536-9651, BILL MCEVILY at 315-536-0067 OR THE KEUKA COMFORT CARE HOME at 315-536-1690, and as always, at the door on SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 from 1 to 4pm.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Volunteers Honored

Four RSVP volunteers were among those honored by the Watkins Glen Public Library at the group’s recent annual supper. Rebecca Abraham, Nancy Dean, Stella Fraboni and Nancy Wilder provided nearly 500 hours of volunteer service to the library last year.

Full article can be found on Odessa File. Scroll down to "Watkins Library honors volunteers".

Dinner and Discovery

Schuyler County Office for the Aging

Elder Caregiver Support Program presents…

Dinner and Discovery
October 19, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Schuyler County Human Services Complex
323 Owego Street
Montour Falls

Memory Loss - Is It Always Alzheimer’s Disease & Working With Your Physician Through the Diagnosis Process

In May 2010 the Alzheimer’s Association released a report that states, “the number of Americans age 65 and older who have this condition will increase from the 5.1 million today to 13.5 million by mid-century”.

More than 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where family and friends provide almost 75 percent of their care. Educational programs help caregivers discover strategies to cope with the complexities of caring for a person with the disease, along with gaining the knowledge and skills to be as prepared as possible.

If you are caring for a loved one, please join Office for the Aging and the Rochester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for this FREE event.

All participants MUST BE REGISTERED in order to attend this presentation. Please contact Shannon Slater, at 535-7108 prior to October 12th for more information or to register.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Consumer Protection

The New York State Consumer Protection Board is alerting consumers to new rules taking effect on August 22, 2010 that will offer greater protection and additional rights to users of credit and gift cards.

The news release can be found at:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Edible Landscape

Edible landscape- Saturday August 21st—A S.A.G.E Workshop 10:00-11:30am (Schuyler Area Garden Enthusiasts) —Betty Reno at Chateau Lafayette Reneau winery 10-11:30AM. Chateau LaFayette Reneau 5081 Route 414 (7 Miles North of Watkins Glen) Hector, NY 14841. Highlights will be garlic, shallots, blackberries, sage and herbs. Fee to attend is $5. Please call 607-535-7161 with questions or to register.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Introduction to Yoga

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45pm

Beginners welcome! This class is for those 60+ who recognize the need to stay active and improve upon balance, flexibility, and strength. Classes are held at the Silver Spoon Café in the Schuyler County Human Services Complex Building, 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls, NY. There is a $5 per class suggested donation. Please bring a mat, small pillow, blanket, and water. Instructor Eleanor Liebson, OTR/L, RYT, PYT-C, has been teaching yoga for two years following her completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training program and is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience helping people attain independence following injuries, stroke, joint replacement and other condition. For more information, call the Schuyler County Office for the Aging at (607) 535-7108.
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