Area Agency on Aging announces plans for retired senior volunteer program
Area Agency on Aging announces plans for retired senior volunteer program in Crawford, Huron, Marion, Morrow, Seneca and Wyandot Counties.
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. held a press conference on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Marion Senior Center to announce a grant that would bring the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to Crawford, Huron, Marion, Morrow, Seneca and Wyandot Counties.
Duana Patton, CEO of the Area Agency on Aging, welcomed guests including elected officials, senior center directors from Marion and Morrow Counties, Marion United Way, AAA Board and Advisory Council representatives and other interested parties. Kathi Mills, RSVP Project Director, provided details on the benefits of the RSVP Program volunteers and organizations.
The grant, through the Corporation for National and Community Service, was one of only 30% of grants awarded and the largest award in the State of Ohio at $236,000 for an 18 month period beginning October 1, 2012.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is a program that recruits and supports volunteers who are 55 years of age and over to serve at public agencies, secular or faith-based private non-profit organizations and/or proprietary health care organizations.
The RSVP program has been in Richland County for 40 years and has been sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging since 2009 when the program was expanded to Ashland County and became known as RSVP of Mid Ohio.
There are currently over 600 volunteers in the counties of Ashland and Richland and over 100 organizations utilizing volunteers. The number of hours served by these volunteers in 2011 was 51,498 with a value of $1,099,523.60!
The RSVP Program can be reached at the Area Agency on Aging. For more information on how to become a volunteer or a station through RSVP or to schedule a presentation for a civic, church or other group, please call 419–524-4144 or 800–860-5799.