"Working with RSVP has been a positive experience for Arlington Place Assisted Living. The residents look forward to seeing each volunteer. It is good to have the community taking part in our residents lives. Thank you, to our friends at RSVP."

Activities Director
Arlington Place
Oelwein Iowa

"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or good thing I can do for any fellow being, let me do it now..."

William Penn (1644-1718)
British-Born Founder of Pennsylvania

"If you have one hour a week - YOU can make a difference in the life of a child."

Oelwein Community Schools   Oelwein Community Schools

Volunteers are needed to work one to one or with a group of students in grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade, helping to improve their reading and/or math skills. The volunteers work with the students at school, during the school day, on a schedule pre-arranged with the teacher. The teachers refer specific students for volunteer assistance, provide assignments to use and instructions for the volunteers, and provide direct supervision for the volunteers. The volunteers choose which school(s), which grade(s), which teacher(s) to work with; as well as which days and what hours, how long; how many students, and reading and /or math subjects.

Skills required: Volunteers must show a genuine interest in children and their well being, be patient and effective in learning situations, have good communication skills, and enjoy reading and/or math themselves in order to demonstrate healthy attitudes to children. Routine non-law enforcement record checks are conducted by the school Administration staff before the volunteer begins work. 

Arlington Place

Volunteers are needed at Arlington Place Assisted Living Facility to help residents with recreational activities, under the direction of the Activity Director. Volunteers may help with specific activities or with a variety of activities, preferably on a regular basis. Time commitment is one to one and a half hours at least once a week. Arlington Place staff will orient, teach and supervise the volunteers.

Skills required: Qualities desired of these volunteers are persons who enjoy working with people, especially the elderly; patience; good verbal and written communication skills; able to share enthusiasm in order to promote enthusiasm for activities; good eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity; able to follow through on directions, occasionally asking for clarification when needed. Person must be responsible and reliable to be present at the agreed upon designated times.


Location of RSVP in Oelwein:
Parkside School
301 6th Ave. SW
Oelwein, IA 50662
Ph: 319-283-1245
Fax: 319-283-1256


"With the budget problems that have befallen the schools in the state of Iowa we have had to depend on outside sources to maintain the level of programming we provide to our students. Without the efforts of the dedicated individuals who come to us from the Oelwein RSVP, it would be virtually impossible for us to provide the kind of school to our students and parents that they have come to expect. Our volunteers give generously to serve our students in many different ways. This would include enhancing our academic program, taking part in district-wide assessments, and offering direct assistance to the teachers. More importantly these people are able to use their life experiences to create a bond with children who very much need this kind of relationship with a caring adult. There is no way to say thanks to the people involved with this program so I am in hopes that seeing the students they work with grow and prosper will be enough."

-Dan Ratcliff, Principal, Parkside School and Wings Park School

"Working with RSVP has been an enjoyable experience for me. Being a retired teacher, I know the value of having caring adults work with students. The attention that is given to the children not only helps them academically, but also acts like a warm fuzzy for me and the student. That's a big benefit for everyone for the minutes I spend with a child."

-Linda, RSVP Volunteer

"I was not sure at first, but volunteering with the RSVP program in the schools has become one of the most rewarding and fulfilling opportunities I have ever experienced. The third and fourth graders look forward to the time we spend together and the staff is fully supportive of this project. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has time to spare, and to make a difference in the lives of these children."

Jerry, RSVP Volunteer, Wings Park Schools

"I started a board game with 4 ladies at a local retirement facility and my group has grown to 10. They love it. We have a lot of laughter and some bring their own words to use. They look forward to my visits and I have found this a truly rewarding and fulfilling volunteer experience. The staff is in full support of this RSVP activity and I would encourage anyone to volunteer."

Kay, RSVP Volunteer, Arlington Place
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