RSVP sets summer orientation dates for prospective volunteers

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold four volunteer orientations at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays this summer for people 55 and older.

RSVP volunteers meeting at Kingsford Bell in Breitbeck ParkThe July 17 and 24 and Aug. 14 and 21 orientations each will take place under the Kingsford Bell in Breitbeck Park.

The orientations will coincide with the weekly meeting of the Oswego Walking Club, one of RSVP’s newest health and wellness initiatives.

Anyone who is wondering, “What is there to do?” or wants to give back and doesn’t know where to turn can consider attending a session. Participants will have the chance to meet informally with RSVP’s director and discuss volunteer opportunities and the benefits of joining RSVP.

RSVP collaborates with more than 100 programs in Oswego County to encourage and foster the development and maintenance of volunteer opportunities that engage, support and enhance the lives of Americans 55-plus, while responding to priority needs of the community.

Nationally, RSVP reached a milestone—its 40th anniversary—this year. RSVP is part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each of the 700 RSVP programs across the country is sponsored by a nonprofit agency; SUNY Oswego and the United Way sponsor RSVP in Oswego County.

RSVP offers Mature Living, a bimonthly newsletter with news and information that’s both national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans. To sign up for an orientation session or to receive Mature Living, call RSVP at 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu.

PHOTO CAPTION: A-pealing to volunteers—RSVP Oswego Walking Club members, from left, Madeline Esser, Paula Vona and Virginia Pratt meet under the Kingsford Bell in Breitbeck Park, the site of four orientation sessions for prospective RSVP volunteers at 9 a.m. on four Wednesdays this summer: July 17 and 24 and Aug. 14 and 21.

(Posted: Jul 12, 2013)

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