RSVP to offer volunteer opportunities at June 7 orientation session

SUNY Oswego’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will hold an orientation for retired or semi-retired adults who would like to volunteer for any of the agency’s many programs at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at the O’Mara Welcome Center, the city tourism information center.

O'Mara Welcome CenterA restored one-room schoolhouse on Route 104 adjacent to the college’s Romney Field House, the O’Mara Welcome Center (pictured) is one of more than 100 sites for volunteerism through RSVP in Oswego County. 

Following the orientation session, coordinators Phil and June MacArthur will discuss the Tree Stewards Program and how volunteers can be involved. At 11 a.m., Terie Delahunt-Dano will make a presentation on Driving Books Home, a program that offers ways volunteers can share their love of reading with children and help staff the Oswego Bookmobile this summer. 

The session is aimed toward anyone who is retired or considering retirement and wondering, “What is there to do?” or who feels a desire to give back but is unsure where to turn.

In addition to recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers, RSVP offers Mature Living, a free bimonthly newsletter with news and information that is national and local in scope and of interest to older Americans. For more information or to sign up for this or future orientation sessions, call 312-2317 or email rsvp@oswego.edu.

Nationally, RSVP reached its 40th anniversary this year. It is part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Each of the more than 700 programs nationally is sponsored by a nonprofit agency. In Oswego County, SUNY Oswego and the United Way sponsor RSVP, headquartered in Room 103 of Rich Hall at the college.

(Posted: May 18, 2012)

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