The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Meridian/Lauderdale County has a busy schedule for the remainder of 2012.
On Sept. 21, at 1 p.m., we will share a pot-luck meal at Bonita Lakes, Coots Crossing.
On Sept. 25, we will host a community blood drive for United Blood Services, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in our parking lot at 721 Front St. Ext. Suite 760 (Acme Plaza). To schedule an appointment to donate blood, contact me at our office, United Blood Services at (800) 880-2482, or go online www.bloodhero.com, (sponsor code: meridiancommunity).
Our goal is to collect 35 units of blood.
On Nov. 15, United Way of East Mississippi will sponsor and our RSVP chapter will host Meridian Volunteer Recognition Day – an afternoon of live entertainment honoring 500 local volunteers for service to their community. If your organization has outstanding volunteers, please call our office and reserve tickets for this event. .
Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promote a positive outlook on life.
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Meridian/Lauderdale County's Volunteer of the Month for September is Ms. Sandra McMullan, who has been a faithful volunteer since February 25, 2003. Ms. McMullan has played her violin at events for RSVP; she assisted with tax preparation for low-income families, and is secretary for the RSVP Community Advisory Council. She is a pleasure to work with and a great representative for our program.
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is America’s largest volunteer network for persons 55 and over. The program is part of Senior Corps, along with Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
RSVP is locally sponsored by The United Way of East Mississippi. Join RSVP and join nearly 500,000 volunteers across the country who are helping tackle tough issues in their communities. With RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. And you choose whether you want to draw on your skills, or develop new ones.
To join your local RSVP, stop by our office at 721 Front St., Ext. Suite 760, Meridian, MS 39301 (Acme Plaza). When you volunteer, you are not just helping others — you’re also helping yourself.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor, The United Way of East Mississippi, for 40 years of continued support of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. Please remember all of the organizations they fund and during their campaign please give generously.
• Diana S. Glover is director of RSVP of Meridian/Lauderdale County.