Retired and Senior Volunteers Honored for Service

February 4, 2015

Louisville Metro’s RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) will host their annual recognition event on Thursday, February 5 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Louisville, KY  40203.

The event will honor the work of over 500 RSVP volunteers (ages 55 through 90+) who serve at nearly 60 public service and non-profit locations from last April through today. A special feature will be the recognition of 78 individuals who have reached volunteer service milestones of 5 to 25 years.  All active RSVP volunteers and RSVP representative are invited to attend.  The public is welcome with a reservation and $45.00 per person advanced payment. 

As part of the city’s Department of Community Services, Advocacy & Empowerment programs, RSVP offers persons age 55 and over a variety of volunteer assignments. RSVP members may serve at agencies from “A to Z” – American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentucky, Dare to Care Kid’s Cafe, Habitat for Humanity/ReStores, JCPS Talent Center, Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition, Project Warm, Norton Audubon Hospital, Schuhmann Social Service Center, several local community ministries, Telecare, Uspiritus, the Zoo and many more!

Recognition Committee Chair and retired U of L Student Advisor, Ed Laster, will serve as master of ceremonies and Katina Whitlock, director of Louisville Metro Community Services, will present congratulatory remarks.   Entertainment will be provided by the 30 voice chorus of Silver Notes, also RSVP members, offering all-time favorite love songs. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in making crafty Valentines for the children at St. Joseph Children’s Home, Uspiritus and veterans at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Several local agencies and vendors will also join the event, sharing new volunteer opportunities.

“This celebration is a public ‘thank you’ to the RSVP volunteers,” said RSVP Director, Marian Gosling. “They generously give over 70,000 hours annually providing over $1.5 million in savings/service impact for their agencies. RSVP members also report that volunteering helps them stay mentally focused, more socially connected and physically active.  These multiple outcomes (that include both clients and the RSVP volunteers) are annual goals and support our honorable status as a “Compassionate City!”

For more information on RSVP activities or to learn how to become a volunteer, call 502/574-7306 or visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services/retired-and-senior-volunteer-program-rsvp.  Louisville Metro RSVP is federally funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service/Senior Corps and locally sponsored by Louisville Metro Department of Community Services, Advocacy & Empowerment- Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens.

 

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