The Warwick Town Board approved a motion to appoint Jean Corbi Ciappa the new Coordinator of Volunteers for the Warwick Friendly Visitor Program (FVP) at their monthly meeting held on Thurs., Jan. 17. Corbi Ciappa has served on the Board of Advisors since its inception late in 2016.
She was congratulated by Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, who recognized her professional background as an asset for the Town and conveyed his confidence that she will bring the program to a whole new level. Floyd DeAngelo, Town Councilman and member of the FVP Board of Advisors, pointed out Corbi Ciappa’s history with serving as a volunteer as well.
At the same meeting, Vince Copello, Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the FVP, provided a year-end report of an impressive 1,968 volunteer services provided for a total of 1,396 hours with a total of 108 neighbors having been served by 61 volunteers.
The FVP is designed to offer supports for aging neighbors in our community to maintain their independence. The offer of supports by a neighbor also engages that person in the community and both parties have something to gain.
The FVP is still in need of more volunteers. Volunteers are matched with neighbors requesting supports and the fit meets the concerns of both parties. The next volunteer training session will be offered on Mon., Mar. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. The training is provided by Jewish Family Service (JFS), a longstanding non-profit agency serving Orange County. JFS serves in a partnership with the Town.
Volunteers are insured while they are providing services and go through a background check at no charge. A modest travel reimbursement is offered through the Town’s partnership with the Office of the Aging.
Help neighbors stay engaged in our community and help yourself by becoming engaged in this volunteer service. For more information on the program, to volunteer, or to request services, call 986-1124, ext. 400.