Retired and Senior Volunteers Honored for Service

December 1, 2015

Louisville Metro’s RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) will host their annual recognition event, “Celebrating Volunteer Giving,” on Wednesday, December 2, from 12 - 3 p.m. at The Olmsted, (Masonic Home Campus) 3701 Frankfort Ave.  The event is generously sponsored by Passport Health Plan – sharing in RSVP’s goal for seniors’ healthy living and community involvement.

The event will honor the on-going work of over 450 RSVP volunteers (ages 55 through 90+) who serve at over 70 public service and non-profit locations. A special feature will be the recognition of 63 individuals who have reached their dedicated, volunteer service milestones of 5 to 25 years.  All active RSVP volunteers and RSVP service site managers are invited to attend.  The public is very welcome to join in this celebration of “giving” with a reservation and $30.00 per person advanced payment. 

As part of the city’s Department of Community Services, RSVP connects persons age 55 and over with their choice from a variety of time-worthy volunteer assignments. RSVP-affiliated agencies include:  American Red Cross, CASA, Catholic Enrichment Center, Dare to Care, ElderServe/ Oak & Acorn, Gilda’s Club, Golden Arrow Center for Mothers and Infants, Hosparus, Junior Achievement, KentuckyOne Health medical facilities, Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition sites, Robley Rex VA Medical Center, SeniorCare Experts, Southwest Community Ministries, Uspiritus and many more!

Rev. Ron Loughry, winner of the 2015 ElderServe’s “Champion for Aging” will serve as master of ceremonies. Christa Robinson, representative with John Yarmuth’s office, and Katina Whitlock, director of Louisville Metro Community Services, will present congratulatory remarks.  Nearly a dozen RSVP-affiliated agencies will also join the event sharing new and urgent volunteer opportunities.

“The RSVP volunteers generously give their energy, skills and caring dedication toward providing over $1.5 million in savings/service impact for their agencies. This celebration is their public ‘thank you’,” said RSVP Director, Marian Gosling.  In the 2015 RSVP member survey, local participants overwhelmingly agreed with nationwide seniors’ feedback 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 502/574-1350 or visit 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, Division of Advocacy & Empowerment.