Good Neighbor volunteer Alan Butson (left to right), RSVP Project Coordinator Vanessa Torres, RSVP CEO Molly Walt and Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Inc., and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office have started the Good Neighbor Program in Carson City.
The program engages volunteers trained in recognizing elder abuse to help ensure the well-being of seniors as well as allowing Good Neighbor volunteers to connect with isolated, homebound seniors.
“Many seniors in Carson City haven’t seen their friends or family in quite some time,” RSVP CEO Molly Walt said in a news release. “They’ve lost their connection to those they love and trust and have also lost their connection with their community.”
Many seniors cannot leave their home due to a physical condition or because they are concerned about contracting COVID-19, and lack access to healthcare, food, supplies and socialization as a result.
“Being a good neighbor means seeing something that isn’t right and saying something about it," Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said in the release. "The partnership with RSVP is essential in making sure seniors in our community get the help and respect they deserve when it comes to their well-being.”
Carson City residents who know someone who might benefit from a Good Neighbor or would like to volunteer can contact RSVP at 775-687-4680 or visit www.nevadaruralrsvp.org/contact.
RSVP is a non-profit organization that helps provide seniors with transportation, home companionship, Personal Emergency Response Systems, and other programs.
For information, contact Vanessa Torres at 775-687-4680 ext. 6.
For information about RSVP’s programs and services, call 775-687-4680 or visit www.nevadaruralrsvp.org.