Mayor Greg Fischer today honored the work of more than 500 active volunteers of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP.
“The citizens who serve as RSVP volunteers demonstrate compassion in action year round,” said Mayor Fischer. “I am grateful to them for helping to make our city stronger, and an even better place to live.”
RSVP connects people age 55 and older with their choice of over 50 public service and non-profit locations, including American Red Cross, CASA, Dare to Care, and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center.
“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 Program Coordinator, Christopher Clements.
Recent surveys, including one of RSVP members, showed that seniors believed 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 https://louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services/retired-and-senio….
The event today themed, “Thanks for lending a hand to your community,” was held at The Olmsted, (Masonic Home Campus) 3701 Frankfort Ave. and sponsored by Passport Health Plan. The Rev. Ron Loughry, Executive Director of Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries, and winner of the 2015 ElderServe’s “Champion for Aging” served as master of ceremonies. During the celebration, 82 RSVP volunteers who reached their dedicated, volunteer service milestones of five to 25 years were recognized.
Part of the city’s Community Services Department, 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.