Senior volunteer group has a new project director

Bill Eng­land Ap­poin­ted Pro­ject Dir­ect­or

Bill Eng­land has been ap­poin­ted the new pro­ject dir­ect­or for the Phil­adelphia area’s Re­tired and Seni­or Vo­lun­teer Pro­gram.

Raechel Ham­mer, vice pres­id­ent of the Klein JCC, which spon­sors the area’s RS­VP pro­gram, said Eng­land will be re­spons­ible for the plan­ning, pro­gram­ming and man­age­ment of the seni­or non-profit vo­lun­teer or­gan­iz­a­tion that provides hun­dreds of vo­lun­teers for com­mun­al and civic pro­jects throughout the city.

Eng­land, 50, suc­ceeds Mar­cia Gross, who re­tired in Novem­ber after 20 years at the helm.

Pre­vi­ously, Eng­land served as the dir­ect­or of the United Way of South­east­ern Pennsylvania’s civic en­gage­ment de­part­ment, in­clud­ing the re­gion­al vo­lun­teer cen­ter. He ad­di­tion­ally spent sev­er­al years in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., work­ing on policy and ad­vocacy ef­forts fo­cused on im­prov­ing ac­cess to health care, edu­ca­tion and com­munity build­ing.

He also worked as a con­sult­ant and has  ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence in pro­gram de­vel­op­ment, staff and vo­lun­teer man­age­ment, fund-rais­ing and com­munity or­gan­iz­ing. He holds a mas­ter’s de­gree in so­cial work from the Uni­versity of Pitt­s­burgh.

Last year, 900 RS­VP vo­lun­teers provided 45,000 hours of ser­vice to 95 non-profit agen­cies. They cooked and de­livered 40,000 meals to home­bound eld­ers,  tutored and ment­ored stu­dents in ele­ment­ary schools, edu­cated vis­it­ors to Phil­adelphia his­tor­ic sites and mu­seums, com­for­ted frail eld­erly res­id­ents in nurs­ing homes, edu­cated the com­munity about key en­vir­on­ment­al is­sues and taught Eng­lish and cit­izen­ship to im­mig­rants and much more.

For more in­form­a­tion about RS­VP, call 267-345-7787. ••

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