MERIDIAN — By Diana S. Glover
As director of Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Meridian and Lauderdale, I am so proud of all the success our office had in 2013.
Our volunteers have responded to the needs of this community with heart, enthusiasm and a love for their community that grows with each passing year. The holiday season was especially exciting for our volunteers, who responded to several projects to lend a helping hand.
The Salvation Army requested assistance with their Angel Tree Program at Bonita Lakes Mall, and I am proud to say that 20 volunteers served at this station to help needy children. We also responded to the WTOK Toy Drive at both local WalMart stores, and the toys were delivered to our office for disbursement to The Salvation Army, Wesley House Community Center, Cans for Kids, Care Lodge and Hope Village for Children. We wish to thank everyone who donated to this worthy cause.
of the Month
Our Volunteer of the Month for December was Barbara Wells, director of Meridian Activity Center and a member of our advisory council. She has been very helpful to our projects, especially those in December.
Our Volunteer of the Year is John Flowers. John has responded to every volunteer opportunity we have offered him throughout this year, always ready to pitch in whenever and where ever he is needed. He is also very active in his church, Newell Chapel CME)
We are actively recruiting new volunteers to meet additional needs of the community. Whether it's tutoring a child, serving food at a shelter or creating an after-school program, Americans of every generation make volunteering a priority.
Our annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report found that one in four adults volunteered through an organization in 2012. More than 64 million Americans volunteered nearly 8 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $175 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.