RSVP volunteers appreciated

To the Times of Ti: RSVP is the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County. During National Volunteer Week April 20-28 RSVP wishes to salute and thank its 519 enrolled volunteers, who logged 60,750 hours in 2007, for their dedicated service to the residents in Essex County. RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From reading to children to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference. RSVP offers one stop shopping for retirees who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their local communities. RSVP connects todays over 55ers with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. These service opportunities brings seniors contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience that make a real difference to individuals, non-profits and faith-based and other community organizations throughout Essex County. RSVP is the catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give which improves lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. RSVP volunteers serve in all 18 townships of Essex County. RSVP volunteers assist 94 non-profit agencies and organization in Essex County . RSVP volunteers log more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service each month. Our Mission: To engage men and women age 55 and better in meaningful volunteer service that strengthens the well being of both self and community. Our Vision: To serve as a bridge between those who need and those who give. On behalf of the staff, local sponsoring agency, Catholic Charities, and the federal sponsor, The Corporation for National and Community Service, we express our sincerer thanks for all you do to make a difference in your communities. Patsy McCaughin, Program Director RSVP/Essex County, Port Henry

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