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Louisville Metro RSVP Helps Homebound Seniors Prepare for Disaster as part of MLK Week of Service

Thursday January 23, 2014

Media Contact: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 / 303-6167
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726



Louisville Metro RSVP Helps Homebound Seniors Prepare for Disaster
Project selected in recognition of MLK Week of Service


During this year’s “MLK Week of Service”, January 21-24, over 100 Louisville Metro RSVP volunteers who pack and deliver midday meals for homebound seniors will also include disaster preparedness pamphlets. RSVP chose this project to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his inclusion concern for all.

RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is collaborating with the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, SeniorCare Experts, Inc., and Highlands Outreach for Older Persons to reach over 600 households throughout Jefferson County. RSVP’s additional partner, Louisville Chapter American Red Cross Disaster Services, provided materials and information for the preparedness packet that includes a disaster kit building-buying plan, flood and power outage action steps, and contact numbers for longer needs recovery.

“Having the printed materials on hand for seniors is often a critical starting point. These seniors are usually less mobile in the community and may not get to traditional outreach events. On limited incomes, they may not have internet access in their home and may not be able to afford a newspaper or magazines that provide information about disaster subjects,” stated RSVP Director, Marian Gosling. “We hope this information will help prepare these residents and give them the tools on how to build a home disaster kit- even on a tight, monthly budget.”

RSVP – part of Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization -- recruits, supports and promotes recognition of adult volunteers age 55 and over for their volunteer service with affiliated not-for-profits, public service and proprietary care facilities in efforts to have positive impact on community needs. Over 600 RSVP volunteers currently serve nearly 60 sites of public service and non-profit organization in Louisville. For more information on how to get involved, call 502/574-7306 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/Retired+Senior+Volunteer+Program.htm.