RSVP of Central Oklahoma announced the receipt of a $15,000 iFunds Services for Elderly grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to support its Telephone Buddies and Provide-A-Ride programs.
RSVP Telephone Buddies uses volunteers 55 and older to make phone calls to senior citizens who are isolated in their communities, performing wellness checks on clients and providing much needed friendship over the phone.
Provide-A-Ride uses volunteers 55 and older to drive low- to moderate-income people 60 and older to medical appointments. This free service ensures Oklahoma County seniors with no means of transportation are able to get to necessary medical appointments and treatments.
RSVP of Central Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization providing services to clients at no cost to them.
Beth Patterson, executive director, said, “We are excited about this generous grant from iFunds, which will allow RSVP to serve additional clients in need. There are so many seniors who do not have adequate or affordable transportation, or anyone checking on their well-being on a regular basis.”
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a public charity organization, was established in 1969 through the leadership of oilman and philanthropist John E. Kirkpatrick, along with eight fellow community leaders.
The Services for Elderly iFunds grant represents donations made by donors to benefit an organization offering direct services to individuals to help them continue to live independently. Two additional iFunds grant programs provide support for organizations providing access to health care and opportunities for children.
Evelyn Harms is public relations and recruitment coordinator for RSVP of Central Oklahoma.
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