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SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites. From left are RSVP tax aides Fred Wall, Betty Talamo, Al Mosier, Julie Birtle, Bill Waters, John Lyons, Joanne Gardner, John Smith and Ellen Wahl, who is director of SUNY Oswego’s RSVP and coordinator of AARP in Oswego.

RSVP and Oswego’s School of Business to offer tax assistance

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites. From left are RSVP tax aides Fred Wall, Betty Talamo, Al Mosier, Julie Birtle, Bill Waters, John Lyons, Joanne Gardner, John Smith and Ellen Wahl, who is director of SUNY Oswego’s RSVP and coordinator of AARP in Oswego.
SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites. From left are RSVP tax aides Fred Wall, Betty Talamo, Al Mosier, Julie Birtle, Bill Waters, John Lyons, Joanne Gardner, John Smith and Ellen Wahl, who is director of SUNY Oswego’s RSVP and coordinator of AARP in Oswego.

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program this season will staff tax-assistance sites in the cities of Oswego and Fulton and offer help by appointment in the villages of Constantia and Phoenix.

RSVP supervises the annual program in cooperation with the AARP, the IRS and the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Personal income tax counseling sessions are available for all, with special attention to those 60 and older.

Oswego County residents may seek income tax preparation assistance on the following schedule:

Constantia: Thursdays from Feb. 7 to April 11, by appointment at St. Bernadette’s Bistro. Call 623-9803 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays to schedule. Lunch is optional.

Fulton: Wednesdays from Feb. 6 to April 10, on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 141 S. 1st St.

Oswego: Tuesdays from Feb. 5 to April 9, on a walk-in basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St.

Phoenix: Weekdays from Feb. 1 to April 15, by appointment. Call to schedule: 695-2553 (Fred Wall), 458-1465 (Bill Waters) or 934-4333 (Betty Talamo).

SUNY Oswego’s School of Business, through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program also offers free tax aide services in cooperation with RSVP:

Fulton: Tuesdays from Feb. 5 to April 9 (closed March 19), 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Workforce Development Building, State Route 57 across from Mimi’s.

Oswego: Thursdays, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7 and 28, and April 11, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton Homes on Hamilton Street.

SUNY Oswego: Saturdays, from Feb. 2 to April 13 (closed March 16 and 23), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rich Hall on campus.

Those seeking more information may call 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP to orient volunteers at Oswego Public Library

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold a volunteer orientation for retired or semi-retired adults at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Oswego Public Library community room.

RSVP staff members Ellen Wahl and Tracie Wallace will conduct the orientation, along with guest speaker Jessica Galvin, the library’s technology instructor.

The Oswego Public Library is one of more than 100 agencies and programs with whom RSVP partners to bring needed services and enhance quality of life for Oswego County residents.

The purpose of RSVP is to encourage older Americans and nonprofit agencies to mutually benefit from the experience of retirees.

Anyone who is retired or considering retirement and wonders, “What is there to do?” or feel that they want to give back may find this session beneficial, organizers said.

In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a bimonthly newsletter with information that is national and local in scope and interest to older Americans.

To sign up for this orientation session or to receive Mature Living, call the RSVP office at 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP has been serving Oswego County since 1973. In those nearly 40 years, the program has been at the cutting edge of the productive-aging movement, launching programs that answer critical needs and help strengthen Oswego County.

Those include Tax Aide, 6 Steps to Better Balance and Osteo Bone Builders, to name a few. By remaining responsive to emerging trends and using volunteers as a resource, RSVP seeks to cost effectively make a difference.

Nationally, RSVP, now part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each of the 700-plus programs in the United States is sponsored by a nonprofit agency; in Oswego County, RSVP is sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Salvation Army officer to speak at RSVP volunteer orientation

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold a volunteer orientation for retired or semi-retired adults Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The 2 p.m. session will take place in the Oswego Salvation Army’s community room, 73 W. Second St.

RSVP staff members Ellen Wahl and Tracie Wallace will conduct the orientation, along with guest speaker Cathy Major, a co-captain of the Oswego Salvation Army, who will provide an overview of the Salvation Army’s volunteer needs and program services.

The Oswego Salvation Army is one of more than 100 partnering agencies and programs collaborating with RSVP to bring needed services to and enhance quality of life for Oswego County residents.

The purpose of RSVP is to encourage older Americans and nonprofit agencies to mutually benefit from the experience of retirees.

Those who are retired or considering retirement and are wondering, “What is there to do?” or who feel that they want to give back but don’t know where to turn may benefit from this session, organizers said.

In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a bimonthly newsletter with news and information both national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans.

For more information, to sign up for the orientation session or to receive Mature Living, contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

RSVP has served Oswego County since 1973. The program has been at the forefront of the productive aging movement, launching programs that answer critical needs and help strengthen Oswego County, such as tax aides, “6 Steps to Better Balance,” the Osteo Bone Builders Program and more.

National Expert on prevention of falls to train RSVP instructors

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will hold a falls-prevention workshop Tuesday, Oct. 2 for volunteers interested in providing instruction for a better-balance exercise regimen.

Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a national expert on prevention of falls, will conduct the six-hour train-the-trainer session at First United Methodist Church, 5306 Church St. in Mexico.

Prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Class size is limited and registration should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 25 by contacting 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

Perkins-Carpenter has made a career of teaching people to stay physically fit, safe and secure in their daily activities.

Author of “How to Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps,” Perkins-Carpenter focuses on helping older adults maintain and reclaim their balance through a series of fun and easy-to-do activities.

She teaches her Six-Step Balance System to health care professionals, adult caregivers and interested older adults.

In the train-the-trainer course, RSVP volunteers will learn each of the steps and associated activities: exercises for stretching in bed, balance, ball handling, walking, talking on the phone, “The Slump” and “Dancing with a Pillow.”

Once trained, instructors will receive follow-up from RSVP to hear about their success stories and any needed help.

RSVP is a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, locally sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

Those seeking more information may contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

Carol Miller, sector coordinator and instructor with SUNY Oswego RSVP’s Osteo Bone Builders program, lifts hand weights used in the exercise and education program for those wishing to mitigate the effects of osteoporosis. RSVP will conduct a daylong instructor training session Sept. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Mexico.

RSVP to offer instructor training for Osteo Bone Builders program

Carol Miller, sector coordinator and instructor with SUNY Oswego RSVP’s Osteo Bone Builders program, lifts hand weights used in the exercise and education program for those wishing to mitigate the effects of osteoporosis. RSVP will conduct a daylong instructor training session Sept. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Mexico.

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will conduct a volunteer training session Thursday, Sept. 27, for the Osteoporosis Bone Builders program. The training, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will take place at First United Methodist Church, 4372 Church St. in Mexico.

The instructor training is free and lunch will be provided. Class size is limited and the deadline for registration is Thursday, Sept. 20.

Virginia Gilbert, a retired RSVP director from the Albany area, will conduct the daylong session. She is now a consultant for the implementation of the Bone Builders program nationwide.

Bone Builders is a peer-led program of exercise and education for the control of osteoporosis. Helping people control osteoporosis through weight-bearing exercise led by volunteer instructors is one of many volunteer opportunities offered through RSVP.

A prerequisite for the training is a background in physical education or experience with senior fitness and exercise. Prospective instructors are encouraged to visit a current Bone Builders site.

RSVP held its initial training for Bone Builders instructors in May 1999, and the program has grown to 25 sites, 67 instructors and more than 400 participants. Research scientists at Tufts University in Boston developed the prototype for Bone Builders with support from the Massachusetts Department of Health and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

In her book “Strong Women Stay Young,” Dr. Miriam Nelson reported, “After a year of strength training twice a week, women’s bodies were 15 to 20 years more youthful. They had less fat and more muscle; bone loss was prevented or reversed; their strength and energy increased dramatically; and they showed surprising gains in balance and flexibility. No other program — whether diet, medication or aerobic exercise — has ever achieved comparable results.”

RSVP, sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way, enables people ages 55 and older to remain productive through volunteerism.

In each county, RSVP, a federal initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, assists nonprofit agencies by recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers.

Those seeking to register for the training session, to receive RSVP’s bimonthly Mature Living newsletter or for more information, may contact RSVP at 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.