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Migration and Economic Opportunity
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Historically, the population of the United States has generally been very fluid, perhaps a result of the nature of the United States itself, which owes its development to immigrants traveling thousands of miles from all over the world. Estimates are that each year, between 5 and 6 percent of the population moves across a county boundary, although this figure has been declining over the past few decades. There are many various reasons for moving, with one of the most common being for work or to find a better job market. For those that hope to move away the area they grew up in, however, there are significant obstacles that can make that next to impossible for lower-income individuals. The cost of searching for a new place and gathering enough money to put down the rent and security deposit up front adds up quickly, and the lack of personal and/or professional contacts in an entirely new location can make it much more difficult to settle in and adjust quickly. There are also other factors that induce a person to stay in their hometown rather than prevent them from leaving. Even the smallest town usually has a number of establishments that do not require a particularly specialized set of skills or knowledge to work for (such as the service industry), so there is little incentive for low-skilled workers to uproot their lives and move across the state or country for a job they can find closer to home. If you are looking to relocate, several NORWESCAP programs such as the Individual Development Accounts and Family Loan programs may be able to help with the cost of housing.

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Skylands RSVP Volunteer Resource Center is a program of NORWESCAP designed to mobilize the community to help their friends and neighbors through volunteer service.  RSVP provides meaningful opportunities for individuals age 55 and over in northwest New Jersey counties: Morris, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Passaic.  RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service, and is sponsored locally by NORWESCAP. 

Skylands RSVP’s volunteer recruitment process is unique among volunteer centers. The volunteer centers have put all their recruitment efforts into an on-line database, with little or no human contact with the volunteer.  While we fully utilize the internet-based recruitment tools available today; we continue to provide an individualized approach to volunteer deployment. Every volunteer who contacts us to find a volunteer opportunity is treated as a unique individual, with unique skills and very personal reasons for wanting to volunteer and desires for making a difference.  With each new experience, volunteers meet new people and work to solve new problems. Living a satisfying and fulfilling life means helping others, staying involved, giving back to the community and having fun.

These programs include the Volunteer Income Tax Program, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and numerous Evidence Based Health Initiatives.  In combination with Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visiting, these programs allow many local seniors to stay in their home rather than be forced into a Nursing or Senior Care facility.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for any of the programs mentioned above, or for any other cause within our service area, please contact our staff at 888-387-9830

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program Inc.
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