Meridian Star

June 9, 2013

Volunteers – the backbone of a community

By Diana S. Glover
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Plans are under way for our annual Meridian Volunteer Appreciation Day, which will be held Aug. 22. We are inviting 600 volunteers from throughout Meridian to an afternoon of food, entertainment and door prizes.     The city of Meridian is fortunate to have a very large number of volunteers who serve in a wide array of volunteer efforts. I believe that volunteers are the glue that strengthens communities nationwide.

    If you know of an outstanding volunteer and you are a non-profit, please call our office at (601) 482-0512. If you are a business who would like to be a part of this event, we will need door prizes, donations of food, and drinks.  

    If you have a special talent, we are looking for entertainers. Please call our office if you can assist with any of our needs. Tickets will be disbursed through local nonprofit organizations and at the RSVP office beginning Aug. 1.

Driver's Safety


    Our next Driver’s Safety class will be held on June 27, from 8 a.m.-noon, at the RSVP office. Bob Glazar is instructor.  

    Cost is $14 – $12 for AARP members – and saves each participant money on their auto insurance. Please call our office at (601) 482-0512 to reserve a spot as this class will fill up quickly.



    E.B. (James) Gowdy is the RSVP volunteer of the month for June.

    Mr. Gowdy, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in December, accompanies other volunteers who respond to our call for the Gleaning Network, which provides fresh produce to local organizations donated by produce farms in Clarke County.

    I am choosing Kathleen Jordan as my volunteer of the month for July.

    Ms. Kathleen has been on our response team for the Society of Saint Andrews' Gleaning Network. Kathleen surrounds herself with friends who respond with her to pick fresh produce in the fields of Clarke Count,y which is then donated to local non-profits who feed the hungry and organizations who serve area children in summer programs. She has provided as many as eight volunteers for this worthy cause, and I could not do this task without her help.

    Ms. Kathleen was also our Volunteer of the Month for February 2011, and is an active member of our advisory council.

    Services provided by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Meridian/Lauderdale County are funded through a grant from The Corporation for National and Community Service, (nationally), and locally by The United Way of East Mississippi (serving Clarke, Kemper, and Lauderdale Counties).

    • Diana S. Glover is director of RSVP of Meridian/Lauderdale County.