Veterans in Senior Corps Recognized for Service to Louisville

November 9, 2015
Veterans Week puts spotlight on veterans serving through Senior Corps

Beginning today, Louisville Metro Community Services’ RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) and the Volunteer Services Department of Robley Rex Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and other RSVP partnering agencies will recognize 59 RSVP-member veterans who have continued their service to Louisville as Senior Corps volunteers.  These volunteers range in age from 55 into their 80’s.

During the nationally-designated week of recognition from Nov. 9 through Nov. 13, these volunteers will be presented with a new lapel pin honoring them as part of a new initiative entitled National Veterans Corps.   Offered in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the goal is to raise public and personal awareness of the value all ages of veterans can continue to bring to their communities. The Louisville Metro RSVP sponsored pinning week is one of nearly 200 recognition presentations, involving thousands of armed services veterans, taking place across the country, throughout the month of November.

“Our commitment to veterans and their families is deep and it's twofold: We serve them, and we ask them to serve with us. National service gives our heroes a new mission on the home-front, a pathway to opportunity, and a better transition to civilian life,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “The National Veterans Corps recognizes the family of Senior Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members carrying out the spirit of our shared values of devotion, honor, and service to our great nation.”

Louisville Metro RSVP-member veterans serve in many roles at the Robley Rex VAMC from confidential file transport within the facility, escorting a veteran by wheelchair to an appointment, greeters, social activity leaders for patients, book-cart and personal needs distributors to collating and mailing over 25,000 personalized reminders to veteran patients of their next clinic appointments.  At other RSVP locations, veterans are serving in food and clothing pantries, as deliverers of home-delivered meals to the disabled or isolated, as fund-raisers through candy-making, weatherizing homes for low-income households and more.  

Last year, national service members served more than 780,000 veterans and military members in VA clinics and hospitals, veteran service organizations, and at nonprofits and public agencies. In addition, more than 23,000 veterans served in their local communities applying leadership abilities and skills acquired during their military service through Catholic Charities USA, Habitat for Humanity, Teach For America, and multiple conservation corps programs, including those that have helped combat wildfires in the Western U.S.

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About RSVP
RSVP – part of Louisville Metro Community Services -- recruits, supports and promotes recognition of adult volunteers age 55 and over for their volunteer service with affiliated not-for-profits, public service and proprietary care facilities in efforts to have positive impact on community needs.  Nearly 500 RSVP volunteers currently serve over 80 sites of public service and non-profit organizations in Louisville and Jefferson County.  For more information on how to get involved, call 502/574-7306 or go online to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services/retired-and-senior-volunteer-program-rsvp

 
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service and developing community solutions through its AmeriCorps, including VISTA and NCCC, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.