How To Volunteer As A Senior

Adapted from an article found at: http://www.aginginplace.org/how-to-volunteer-as-a-senior/

Ramona Griego, an 81-year-old retiree, had recently lost her husband and her diabetes wasn’t getting any better. She soon developed depression and was looking for a way to improve her situation. After looking at different available options, Griego soon turned to volunteering. According to the AARP this was an excellent solution.

With the help of the Corporation for National and Community Service, she got involved with her community after visiting a senior center and started helping people her own age stay active and engaged. She said, “The program has allowed me to enjoy my life as I age, and I feel important when I can help people with small things that allow them to remain in their homes.”

Volunteering truly gave Griego a new life. This is a common story for hundreds of thousands of elderly people.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) matches adults 55 and over with volunteer opportunities, utilizing their talents, expertise, and life-long experiences to address critical community needs.

Volunteer Opportunities
Helpline RSVP assists residents of Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and Union Counties in South Dakota finding meaningful volunteer placements. When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others, you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

Helpline RSVP supports senior volunteer activities in areas including youth mentoring, food distribution, food delivery, and transportation. RSVP is part of Senior Corps, which is a program of the Corporation for National and community Service, an independent federal agency that promotes community service.

Join RSVP
Members of RSVP receive benefits such as, volunteer recognition and support events throughout the year for their service to the community.  Supplementary accident and liability insurance is provided at no cost. For more information go to http://www.helplinecenter.org/rsvp

Contact us
Contact Jessica Schulte, RSVP Coordinator at (605) 274-1420 or rsvp@helplinecenter.org to learn more, or if you’d like to sign up as a RSVP Volunteer.

Adapted from an article found at: http://www.aginginplace.org/how-to-volunteer-as-a-senior/

 

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