Area seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of area youth, will get their chance today at a recruiting event at the Titonka Savings Bank Community Room off of Highway 69 in Forest City. Linda Willike, one of the coordinators with RSVP explains the purpose behind RSVP.
Starting in late fall, RSVP will expand the Reading Buddy, Reading Coach, and Pen Pal programs. This means that the program is looking for volunteers to help in a number of ways and scheduling is flexible.
However, reading isn’t the only function that volunteers can provide services for.
Each of these volunteer positions only require about one hour a week in order to make a difference in a students life. The fundamental need to read is mandatory in education today which is why programs like RSVP are so important. RSVP doesn’t just stop there with volunteer opportunities.
The recruiting meeting will take place from 2pm until 3:30pm in the Titonka Savings Bank Community Room located in the basement of the building.
Established in 1971, RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in citizen service. While serving, Senior Corps RSVP volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations. In the 2016-17 program year, 367 North Iowa RSVP volunteers served 7,150 hours in the current service area.