RSVP to offer orientation session for new volunteers

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will hold a volunteer orientation for retired or semi-retired adults on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The session, conducted by RSVP Director Ellen Wahl, will take place at 10 a.m. in the Community Room at Oswego Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Oswego Public Library hosts a number of volunteer opportunities, including its newest initiative, utilizing RSVP volunteers as computer coaches to help in the Public Computing Center. Instructors offer individualized attention to students taking the free computer courses.

The library is one of more than 100 agencies and programs with which RSVP collaborates to bring needed services and enhance quality of life for Oswego County residents. The purpose of RSVP is to encourage older Americans and nonprofit agencies to mutually benefit from the experience of retiree volunteerism.

The range of volunteer opportunities runs the gamut of human service and community needs—education to environment, health and nutrition to economic development and more. These opportunities will be discussed in the open-forum orientation, with special attention to individual needs and skill sets and their application in the service sector. 

Retirees or those considering retirement who are wondering what to do, or feeling they want to give back, are especially invited to attend. In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a free bimonthly newsletter with news and information that is both national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans.

For more information or to sign up for this or future orientation sessions and/or to receive Mature Living, contact RSVP’s SUNY Oswego office, 312-2317 or rsvp@oswego.edu.

Nationally, RSVP, part of a network of Senior Corps programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, reached its 40th anniversary this year. RSVP is sponsored locally by SUNY Oswego and the United Way.

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(Posted: Dec 19, 2011)

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