Community Notes and Events

Important information and events of interest to RSVP volunteers.

New Prospective Volunteer Training

March 23 & 24, 30 & 31, 2019

** PLEASE NOTE: Trainees must attend all four training sessions**

Response is seeking volunteer crisis counselors and will offer a free training program to those interested in becoming the caring voice on the other end of the phone.

  • Sessions will run from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm each day
  • Trainees must attend all four sessions
  • Training will take place in the Stony Brook area
  • College credit is available
  • Bilingual volunteers are especially needed

No experience is necessary-only a sincere willingness to learn and grow. The ability to make a one year commitment of four hours a week is required. Training for all programs include lecture, role-playing exercises, and private and group supervision.

Volunteer as a counselor with Response Crisis Center and become the caring voice for those in need of support! Those interested in attending the upcoming training can register now to reserve their spot. Registration is pending until an application is complete and verification is conducted.

For more information, please contact RSVP Coordinators Terri Catania (631-979-9490 x15) or Denise Passarelli (631-979-9490 x23).

The ABC’s of Fitness, Function and Fall Prevention

Join C. Vicki Gold, OPT, MA for this fun, informative class. Learn how to integrate this simple mind-body system – Alignment, Breathing and Centering, into your everyday activities to improve how you look, feel and function. No matter what your age or level of physical function, Vicki will answer your questions and show you how to move with greater safety, comfort and ease. No special clothing or preparation needed.

If your organization is interested in having Vicki present this important information, please contact RSVP Coordinator Terri Catania at 631-979-9490, ext. 15.

Save the Date: Tribute Day 2019!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars – Tribute Day 2019 will take place on Tuesday, September 10th. This year’s event will be held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. RSVP Volunteers with at least 40 hours of service from June 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019 will be receiving an invitation. It’s sure to be a wonderful day with an Expo, Luncheon, Music, Dancing and Raffles!! Hope to see you there!

Please consider helping a very special organization...

Birthday Wishes of Long Island.” Their mission is to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness. This year, more than 34,000 children living in more than 62 shelters and transitional living facilities across Long Island will experience the magic of a Birthday Wishes party! Please consider making a donation of a Party Fun Pack which includes:

  • 6 small juice boxes
  • A small pack of birthday plates & napkins (no solids)
  • A small pack of party hats
  • A small pack of noisemakers/blowers
  • One happy birthday banner

Birthday Wishes of Long Island is located at 15 Cantiague Rock Road in Hicksville. For more information regarding donating, please call 516-390-3505.

Cleaning For A Reason

Cleaning For A Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning once per month for four months while she is in treatment. All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning For A Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. For more information, go to

Speakers Bureau

RSVP has reconstructed our Speakers Bureau topics to include many interesting and current issues of today: De-stressing Your Live with Meditation, Senior Scams, Improving Your Scrabble and Anagram Skills, and Early Heart Attack Care and Nutrition Education are four topics presented in powerpoint format by trained, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. Each topic presentation lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and handouts are provided. Please call Coordinator Terri Catania at 631-979-9490 ext. 15 for more information or to book a presentation.

Speakers Bureau

Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP)

Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) logo

Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program (HIICAP) is a federal and state funded program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is a sponsored service project of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk. Funding is also provided by Suffolk County Office For the Aging. HIICAP provides you and your loved ones with information and counseling about Medicare and other health insurance. Trained staff and volunteers will answer your questions. They can help you with questions about Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare Prescription Plans, Medicare Savings Plans and much more. The services provided by HIICAP are free and unbiased.

Call the HIICAP Information Line at 631-979-9490 ext. 18 to speak with a counselor. HIICAP also provides one on one counseling at local libraries. Please go to the Programs and Services page of our website and click the link to our library schedule.

Tribute Day 2018

RSVP’s Annual Tribute Day Expo and Luncheon took place on September 12th at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. It was a wonderful day with over 300 volunteers and supporters in attendance. The day began with an exhibition by 30 agencies and companies, followed by a delicious lunch at 12 Noon. Everyone enjoyed the music provided by “The Other Frank” as well as a fun raffle with over 30 fabulous prizes. Eloise and Fred Husch were named Volunteers of the Year 2018. The day was capped off with the announcement of our Super Raffle. Two lucky winners went home with “Dinner for Two and Theatre Tickets” and the Grand Prize of a “32” LG Smart HDTV!” Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers. You all deserved this great day!

Volunteers of the Year
Fred & Eloise Husch

To: All RSVP Partnering Organizations

If anyone has an upcoming event or happening you would like us to advertise on our monthly website or in our semi-annual newsletter, please do so.

You can email us briefly the facts to (Betty), or you can mail 3-4 sentences to

811 W. Jericho Turnpike, Suite 103W,
Smithtown, NY 11787.

You can also fax the info to us at (631) 979-9235.