High Country RSVP


SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)/Medicare Counseling

RSVP volunteers counsel senior beneficiaries, including persons with disabilities and veterans, about their Medicare and other health insurance needs. Volunteers counsel the client on all aspects of Medicare parts A, B, C and D, which includes drug and supplement plans, LIS (extra help) and other forms of financial assistance, including QMB, to help pay for their health insurance. Beneficiaries who are confused about Medicare receive answers to their questions regarding their Medicare and other health insurance needs.

Our highly trained volunteers help Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers navigate the complexity of the health care system. This free service helps seniors understand their medical bills, identify gaps in coverage, evaluate who is eligible for extra help, and assist with enrollment.

SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) trains volunteers to help Colorado residents understand their health insurance options, make informed choices, know their rights and save money.

SHIP trained volunteers help Medicare beneficiaries and their families and/or caregivers navigate the complexities of the health care system. Medicare volunteers counsel recipients on Medicare Parts A, B, C and D; Medicare Supplement Plans; Medigap; Medicare Fraud; and Extra Help.

RSVP volunteers can help seniors understand their medical bills, identify gaps in coverage, evaluate who is eligible for LIS (Low Income Assistance), assist with enrollment, and help recipients choose the most affordable prescription drug plan. RSVP Medicare Counselors will meet with clients face-to-face at the RSVP office or at community centers, counsel on the telephone, and can help with online enrollment. If you are confused about Medicare call 970-384-8744 today!

Federal and State Income Tax Preparation

RSVP volunteers will prepare and electronically file Federal and State Income taxes free of charge for seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, and low-to-moderate income persons.

RSVP provides both Federal and State Income Tax preparation and electronic filing free of charge to persons from Carbondale to Parachute/Battlement Mesa, Aspen, Eagle, and Craig, and can advise you with unpaid or unfiled taxes.

Tax volunteers are highly trained to help you prepare your tax returns. Tax sites are located at the RSVP office and community centers throughout Garfield County such as libraries, senior centers, and banking facilities. (We CANNOT prepare returns with complex business issues; Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business; Schedule E for rental properties; complicated and advanced Schedule D for capital gains and losses.)

RSVP tax volunteers can help with special credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Volunteers can also help with basic financial education related to income, savings, and even past unfiled tax returns. In addition to free tax preparation assistance, RSVP offers free electronic filing (e-filing). This free service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at a time convenient to the client beginning the beginning of February through April 15, and throughout the year as needed. To schedule an appointment or for more information call 970-384-8740.

For Preparation and Filing of Your 2017 Taxes:
If you are a senior, veteran, have a disability, or your household income is less than $50,000 per year, High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers can prepare and electronically file your Federal and State Income Taxes FREE of charge! RSVP volunteers can prepare returns that include: Form 1040; Schedules A, B, EIC (Earned Income Credit) and R; Child and Dependent Care Credits; and Education Credits. If you are a small business owner we can file Schedule C-EZ. (We cannot file Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business; Schedule E for rental properties; and advanced Schedule D for capital gains and losses.)

Starting February 1, 2018, appointments will be available Monday through Friday 9:00am—5:00pm at the CMC Glenwood Center and at the Rifle Library. To schedule your appointment please call Kathy, RSVP’s Volunteer Tax Scheduler, at 970-945-1596.

You will need to bring the following documentation to your scheduled appointment:

  • Proof of identification
  • Social Security card for you, your spouse and all dependents or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) cards
  • All W-2s from each employer
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • SSA 1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits and any income statements
  • All other 1099 forms showing interest and/or dividends
  • 1099-MISC showing any miscellaneous income
  • 1099-R if you received a pension or annuity
  • Information for all deductions and credits
  • A copy of last year’s return
  • Voided check for direct deposit
  • A statement from the Health Insurance Marketplace, Form 1095-A

Helping Hands for Seniors

RSVP volunteers assist seniors and disabled individuals free of charge with simple home repairs and maintenance tasks that help them to live independently in their homes.

RSVP’s Helping Hands for Seniors Program assists seniors and persons with disabilities with simple home repairs and maintenance enabling them to live more independently. RSVP volunteers can help with basic plumbing and electrical problems, minor home repairs, some disability access improvements, and simple carpentry.

RSVP volunteers help with:

  • Light Bulb Replacement
  • Basic Personal Computer Help
  • Smoke Detector Battery Replacement
  • Installation of Grab Bars
  • One-time Simple Yard Work (such as leaf raking)
  • Simple Plumbing Problems (such as a leaky faucet)
  • Simple Appliance Repair

RSVP volunteers CANNOT help with:

  • Housecleaning
  • Moving
  • Roof Repair
  • Major Electrical Problems
  • House Painting
  • Major Plumbing Problems
  • Major Appliance Repair
We are able to provide this free program because of grants and private donations. If you are a Garfield County senior citizen or have a disability and need assistance with basic home maintenance or repairs call today! Helping Hands for Seniors Phone Line: 970-384-8746

Senior Navigator Program

If you have tried to work your way through the maze of senior services available in Garfield County and have gotten nowhere, RSVP volunteers may be able to help you find the services you need.

Our Senior Navigator Program offers personal guidance to older adults and their families living in Garfield County find and access needed services.

We can help:
  • LOCATE already existing services and resources
  • CONNECT the client to them
  • COORDINATE to ensure access

Senior Navigator Phone Line: 970-384-8746 or E-mail: navigator@delko.net

Continuing Education Classes for Older Adults/Seniors

RSVP offers Continuing Educations Classes for Older Adults/Seniors taught by RSVP volunteers such as, AARP Driver Safety Classes for 50+, Understanding Social Security, Veteran’s Benefits, Tax Law, Veteran’s Benefits, Tech Help, Medicare 101, Grandparent’s Rights, and Making a Will.

Spring 2018 CLASSES:

  • Tax Preparation for the Layman
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    9:00am – 12:00pm

    Learn tax preparation with RSVP’s Basic Tax Course. In this beginner to immediate tax preparation course, you will learn to prepare tax returns and research tax issues for most Form 1040 individual, non-business taxpayers, and small business taxpayers (self-employed/Schedule C). This class also teaches you the basic fundamentals of federal tax law based on real-life scenarios and enables you to internalize the knowledge that gives you a solid foundation you can continue to build on. By preparing practice tax returns manually instead of having tax software do it for you, you will learn the tax laws and be prepared to correctly prepare basic tax returns. There is a $5.00 requested donation for printed materials.

  • Medicare 101 and Navigating the Medicare.gov Website
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    9:00am – 12:00pm

    Do you have questions about Medicare? How do I enroll; when can I sign up; what if I am still working; what does Medicare cost; do I need additional coverage; what is a Medicare Savings Program and do I qualify; when can I sign up for Medicare D (prescription drug coverage); what is the 2018 Standard Drug Benefit; what is the 2018 Gap Benefit; and how do I get Extra Help (LIS)? Get the answers you need! Also, learn how to navigate the Medicare.gov website on a computer in one of our computer labs or your own personal computer or tablet. This will enable you to make changes to your coverage as needed and utilize the resources available to you. This information will be presented by High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Volunteer Medicare Counselors and will not be represented by any insurance brokers. The class if free but there is a $5.00 requested donation for copied materials.

  • AARP Driver Safety for 50+
    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    The AARP Driver Safety Class is directed towards drivers 50 and over. The class covers the following driving topics: how to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time; how to handle problem situations such as left turns, right of way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots while driving; what to do if confronted by an aggressive driver; how medications may affect driving; how to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts; and how to assess your own and others’ driving abilities with a Personal Driving Capability Index.

    Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. There is a $15 fee for AARP members and a $20 fee for non-members for the workbook and handouts payable to the instructor. AARP Driver Safety Classes are sponsored by High Country RSVP and taught by RSVP volunteers.