City Honors More than 550 Retired and Senior Volunteers for Service

November 1, 2017

The work of more than 550 retired and senior volunteers in the Louisville area will be honored at a special event on Thurs., Nov. 2.  The Louisville Metro Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) annual recognition event will take place at Churchill Downs’ Triple Crown Room (5th Floor), 700 Central Ave. from 12:15 – 2 p.m.

As part of the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), RSVP connects persons age 55 and over with their choice of some 60 public service and non-profit locations, including American Red Cross, Senior Nutrition Centers, Dare to Care, Community Ministries and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center.

RSVP members will be joined by volunteer site representatives, Senior Corps Advisory Council members and RCS staff at this year's celebration.  Kentucky’s Attorney General Andy Beshear will serve as the keynote speaker to deliver congratulatory remarks for the positive outcomes that volunteers have had with the individuals and agencies they serve.

“Through their volunteerism these senior citizens are making a real and positive difference in their communities,” said Beshear. “I am proud to join with the Louisville Metro Retired and Senior Volunteer Program to recognize those who give their time to better the lives of others.”

Vice President of Communications for Churchill Downs, John Asher, will be also be on hand to provide an overview of the race track’s history and share news about exciting developments in the future.  The Rev. Ron Loughry, Executive Director of Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries, and winner of the 2015 ElderServe’s “Champion for Aging” is serving as the master of ceremonies. 

During this year’s celebration, 51 RSVP volunteers who reached their dedicated, volunteer service milestones of five to 20 years will receive special recognition.  Also featured will be a VA Salute and Recognition to acknowledge all of the veterans who serve as RSVPs.  In addition, following the buffet meal and speaker presentations, the volunteers will enjoy full access to Churchill Downs and a day at the races.

“RSVP volunteers generously give their energy, skills and caring dedication toward providing over 81,000 hours annually resulting in more than $1.5 million in savings/service impact for their agencies. This celebration is their public ‘thank you,’” said RSVP Program Coordinator, Christopher Clements.  

Recent surveys, including one with RSVP member participation, showed that seniors believed that volunteering helps them stay mentally focused, more socially connected and physically active.  The volunteer members’ positive outcomes for their clients and themselves greatly support Louisville’s status as a “Compassionate City.”

For more information on RSVP activities or to learn how to become a volunteer, call (502) 574-1530 or visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/retired-and-senior-volunteer-program-rsvp.

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