Meridian Star


March 10, 2013

RSVP volunteers post increased hours; retiring employee honored

MERIDIAN — Over the past nine months, volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Meridian/Lauderdale County has served our community in several capacities:

    • Preparing, serving, delivering nutritious food and meals to help meet the nutrition needs of the community through LOVE’s Kitchen, Feed by Faith, Salvation Army, Baptist Crisis Center and Meals on Wheels. Donated hours: 4,155

    • Providing disaster assistance at The Red Cross, Key Chapter. Donated hours: 3,357

    • Community outreach, including telephone contact with homebound (at-risk) population, visiting extended care facilities, the Lauderdale County Welcome Center, MCC Art Gallery, East Mississippi Angels and Meridian Activities Center. Donated hours: 17,461

    • Working with children or organizations who serve children, including Youth Excitement Team (YET) and Boy Scouts. Donated hours: 509

    • Assisting families of Anderson Regional Medical Center and Anderson Cancer Center. Donated hours: 1,100

    Total hours devoted to the Meridian community by local RSVP volunteers in the past nine months: 25,563.

    Every 7 seconds, someone in America turns 55 years old. Although many of them still hold down professional positions, many others are becoming volunteers in their community.

    RSVP is the largest volunteer network in the nation – more than 500,000 strong are making a difference every day in the communities in which they live.

    Locally, RSVP has 217 volunteers who serve in a wide array of organizations and services, making their community stronger, and helping other non-profits meet their goals.

    Our RSVP assists with the following additional programs:

    • Provides free notary service and assists individuals with preparing and notarizing wills, living wills, and Power of Attorney documents.

    • Assists AARP with their tax preparation for the senior/low income population every Tuesday throughout tax season.

    • Hosts AARP Driver’s Safety classes to help seniors save money on auto insurance.

    • Assists The United Way with their Supply our Students initiative.  

    If you would like to know more about the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program please call (601) 482-0512 or stop by our office at 721 Front Street Ext. Suite 760, (Acme Plaza) in Meridian, or check us out at

    In addition to our column published the second Sunday of each month in The Star, a column will also be published in The Meridian Impact each month. Also, on the first Monday of each month, I will do a live interview with Al Brown on WMOX Talk Radio at 3 p.m. You might also listen to WALT talk radio with Roger Burke and Billy Jack for updates on our activities locally as well  on The Radio Group of Meridian.

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