May is Older Americans’ Month, a time when communities celebrate the contributions and achievements of older local residents. An estimated 10,000 persons daily reach retirement age, and many older adults continue to serve their communities through volunteer service. In fact, a 2010 AARP survey of baby boomers indicated that the majority plan to increase their volunteerism in retirement.
United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides services to people 55 years of age and older who are currently volunteering or would like to get started. Through a federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, RSVP provides a free, comprehensive volunteer service program that matches an individual’s interests, time and skills with community needs. Benefits include supplemental accident insurance along with volunteer liability and auto liability insurance. Monthly coffee hours, educational and social events and a monthly newsletter enhance the volunteer experience.
As part of Older Americans’ Month, United Way RSVP is hosting the following free events:
- May 9 – Coffee Hour, ADRC-CW, 2600 Stewart Ave, Suite 25, Wausau, 9:30 -10:30 a.m. – features programs, services and volunteer opportunities to help older adults in our community.
- May 11 – Vitamins, Supplements and Your Health, United Way office, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- May 17 – The New Retirement and Secrets of the Happiest Retirees, United Way office, 9:30-11:30Call 715-298-5721 for more information or to register for any of these programs.
In the past year, over 400 United Way RSVP volunteers provided over 51,000 hours of volunteer service at nonprofit organizations. As we celebrate Older Americans’ Month, please take a minute to say thank you and recognize the service that older Americans have provided and continue to provide to help build a better community.