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RSVP receives $2,000 grant from Avista Foundation for Project Warm-Up

We are thrilled and extremely grateful to receive a $2,000 grant from Avista Utilities through the Avista Foundation! Avista has been a long-time partner and supporter of Project Warm-Up, and this generous funding will enable us to supply a greater number of volunteers with yarn in order to keep Spokane's vulnerable residents warm in the winter months. Thank you, Avista!

To read the full award letter, visit our Facebook Page.

Spokane man donates nearly $5,000 worth of supplies to Project Warm-Up on behalf of and in honor of late sister

Our Mission

RSVP of Spokane County promotes senior volunteer opportunities to build a stronger community through partnerships that impact community needs.

About Senior Corps

Senior Corps helps meet the needs and challenges of America's communities using resources provided by grants and the energy and efforts of citizens age 55 and over. Grants administered by Senior Corps provide funding for the following programs:

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs.

RSVP volunteers utilize their skills and talents while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within their communities.

Senior Companions provide assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills.

Project Warm-Up frequently accepts donations of supplies and materials to help support our mission. But we are truly astounded by - and sincerely appreciative of - the generosity of Spokane resident Tom Jones. In August 2019, Tom donated close to $5,000 worth of yarn, fabric, thread, handiwork kits, and various other supplies from the personal collections of his late sister, Anita E. Mase, who passed away July 7, 2019.

Brookdale Park Place Knit-n-Chat Group

Thank you to Sue at Brookdale Park Place for taking these beautiful photos!

The Brookdale Park Place knit-n-chat group meets weekly to knit hats, scarves, blankets, and other much-needed winter accessories all year long for those in need as part of RSVP of Spokane County's Project Warm-Up initiative. RSVP provides yarn, patterns, and other supplies and handles the tagging and distribution of all donated items.

Thanks to the efforts of Project Warm-Up volunteers like those at Brookdale Park Place, we are able to distribute over 10,000 items each year to agencies like SNAP, DSHS, and WIC, who ensure all donations are given to the neediest people in our community.

Visit the Project Warm-Up page for more information on how you can contribute to keeping Spokane warm! 

Stuffed Animals Donated to DSHS

Back in June, RSVP passed on a total of 650 stuffed animals donated to us to DSHS. Thank you to Sharon Henry at DSHS for sending this photo, and thank you especially to all the caring people in our community who donated!

Through Project Warm-Up, RSVP has become a clearinghouse for just about every kind of donated item imaginable - toys, games, books, clothing, you name it, we'll take it and find a good home for it! If you've got anything you'd like to donate, contact us for more info.

Love of football translates to love of reading

The Spokane County Library District's Reading Buddy program pairs volunteers as mentors, with elementary school students. Thank you to RSVP volunteer Rochelle for sharing this photo of her and her Reading Buddy. Here's what Rochelle has to say about her experience as a Reading Buddy:

"The Reading Buddies program has proven to be a positive experience for me and my buddy. Upon discovering my buddy is a Seahawks fan, I got permission to check out books from the library on the topic of football. The library helped me find books on his reading level.

After he was able to read two books in one session, I introduced "word search," or as some call it, "I spy." I write a word that appeared in one of the books multiple times. He reads the word, then sees how many times he can find that word. With each find he gets to put a mark next to the word I wrote on the paper. When he finishes, he counts the number of marks and writes the number. He gets a big "high five" and a real sense of accomplishment.

He also reminds me that he has read TWO books, not just one! We both share a positive experience."

Thank you for sharing your story Rochelle, and for the work you do as an RSVP volunteer!

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Brookdale Park Place Knit-n-Chat

Project Warm-Up items made by the "knit-n-chat" group at Brookdale Park Place. Credit for all photos: Sue Ellingson