Volunteers gathered at a recent Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recognition event. These volunteers Lead with Experience, sharing their life experience with the organizations through which they volunteer.
GREENVILLE - The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national referral service program designed to place volunteers aged 55+ in non-profit organizations where their knowledge, experience and skills positively impact the community and the individuals they serve. The RSVP program here in Darke County at the Council on Rural Services has been working with older citizens now since 1974 - they have lots of partners that need volunteers.
The name may say senior in it, but RSVP is especially looking for all the newly or partially retired baby boomers that want to keep a busy lifestyle and be involved in their communities. Retiring is great; but after a while sitting in front of a TV - it can get old.
Volunteering allows retirees and seniors to give back to the community and feel good. Volunteering helps them think less about themselves, and any aches and pains, and concentrate more on the meaningful opportunities out there to do good in addition to how it benefits volunteers, too. Volunteering can help seniors and retirees stay young, be involved, maintain physical and mental health, and even add years to their lives.
America and the Darke County community needs senior and retiree volunteers now more than ever. Volunteers are essential and make a difference in non-profit organizations. In this difficult economy and the devastating budget cuts in the last few years volunteers are so precious to non-profits and they help fill the voids so many of the local organizations have to deal with today.
Seniors and retirees have priceless experience and talent; just imagine how many people could get jobs if more seniors volunteered to teach others what they have learned, or how many children could be tutored and helped to move forward with their education.
Seize these opportunities - even if volunteers only have a few extra hours a week, RSVP can find that volunteer position that is a fit for them. Volunteers can tutor children, assist as a receptionist, stock in a food pantry, volunteer on a non-profit board, visit the sick or elderly, advocate for a child, serve snacks, help recycle, work at a park or museum, write grants, or even lead other volunteers. RSVP has volunteer sites that need these talents.
For those retirees and seniors who live in Darke, Miami, Shelby or Logan County and are 55+ years of age, this program could be just right. RSVP can also make referrals for younger adults. Call the local Darke County recruiter, Cheryl Stafford today at 937-548-8002 or email her at email@example.com and talk with her about all the opportunities.
For more information about the programs of Council on Rural Services programs for innovative learning, visit www.councilonruralservices.org.