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RSVP Seeks Volunteers Who Like to Talk
RSVP is looking for volunteers who would be interested in meeting with English as a Second Language students who are about to complete the ESL program and want to practice their conversational English speaking skills.

RSVP’s Conversational English Tutoring Program pairs RSVP volunteers with two to three ESL students who meet once a week for one hour just to talk. ESL students in the program are eager to practice their conversation English skills with individuals who speak English. The meetings usually take place during the week on Triton’s campus, but may be coordinated to meet at a local library if both parties agree.

There are no requirements to volunteer with this program, just the desire to help someone out and the love of conversing in the English language.

For more information and/or to volunteer, call the RSVP Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603.

RSVP Is Now on Facebook
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties at Triton College has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rsvpofwestsuburbancookandsoutherndupage.

Check us out. You’ll find the latest information on RSVP, as well as photos of our volunteers from various events.

Research has shown that Facebook’s are getting older. The number of users who are 55 and older is growing. So RSVP wanted to reach out to this group by developing its Facebook page.

RSVP Celebrates a Milestone at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties is celebrating its 30th year of its existence with Triton College as its sponsor at its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Diplomat West Banquets in Elmhurst.

RSVP, through a grant with the federal government, was created in 1983. Triton College as its sponsor provides more than 50 percent of the funding to run this program. RSVP recruits individuals who are 55 and older who want to volunteer in their communities. The volunteer program works with public agencies, secular or faith-based private non-profit organizations or proprietary health care organizations helping them recruit these volunteers and reports to the federal and state governments on the impact the volunteers are having in the community. RSVP provides volunteers with some benefits including supplemental auto insurance.

Every year, RSVP holds an event to recognize the work these dedicated individuals. The event is the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held on the first Sunday in November at the Diplomat West Banquets in Elmhurst. This year we will recognize our volunteers who have served approximately 73,993 total hours. This reflects a savings to the community of $1,715,898 based on the Independent Sector’s value of a volunteer service hour equaling $23.19. Volunteers are invited to attend as guests if they have served 36 hours within the year.

The 30th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will feature a performance by Its So About You Entertainment, a group that features three singers who perform popular music from the 1940s, 1950s and up. RSVP also has received some generous donations for the raffle, including donations from Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park, the Oak Park Festival Theatre, Community Nurse Health Center, Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont and Westlake Hospital.

For more information or to donate a raffle prize, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603.

Volunteers Sought to Offer Free Tax Help
Tax time is almost right around the corner, and the RSVP Volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties located at Triton College will provide free tax assistance to individuals 60 years of age and older.

To make the program a success and provide service to those in need, RSVP is looking for individuals interested in volunteering to participate in this free Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program.

TCE is a community based partnership managed by the IRS that provides free tax return preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income taxpayers who are 60 and older people, with disabilities and non-English speakers. If individuals are looking for a way to help in the community then consider becoming a volunteer with the TCE program.

Here are some things the IRS wants individuals to know about becoming a TCE volunteer.
   • No previous experience is required.
   • Volunteers receive specialized training from certified TCE volunteers and can serve as greeters, reviewers or tax preparers.
   • IRS provides free tax law training, e-file training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns.
   • The hours are flexible. Volunteers are asked to serve an average of three to four hours per week from February through April 12 in 2014.
   • Volunteer sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools and other convenient locations.
   • RSVP’s TCE sites also offer free electronic filing of federal and state tax returns.

Anyone interested in volunteering to provide this service can attend the free training sessions, which will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2014, in Room R-221 of Triton’s Robert M. Collins Center.

Volunteers will be taught how to assist adults in completing the 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040 federal and state tax forms. Materials are provided free of charge.

The tax counseling service is sponsored annually by RSVP.

For more information or to register for the training session, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603.