By Diana S. Glover
The Meridian Star
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Meridian needs your help.
We are currently seeking individuals 55 and older who have free time to help meet the needs of their community. We are in the process of committing our assistance to other worthwhile programs in Meridian, such as The Salvation Army, Feed by Faith, and LOVE's (Lauderdale Outreach and Volunteer Effort) Kitchen. The benefits of volunteering for RSVP include;
• Gaining valuable experience in a variety of settings.
• Meeting new and interesting people.
• Personal rewards, including public recognition.
• Mileage reimbursement
• Limited liability insurance
• Strengthening your community
You determine your own hours, days and location where you wish to volunteer. We have a list of possibilities for you at our office in Acme Plaza.
We also need individuals interested in being trained as tax preparers to assist low-income individuals and families in the upcoming tax season. We provide the training here at our office and you will be trained at the advanced level as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Basic computer knowledge is helpful.
Training will begin in late October-early November. Individuals of any age can be included in this training by calling our office at (601) 482-0512, and adding your name to the list of interested persons.
If you are not comfortable preparing taxes, but at least 55 years of age and have free time, you can register to be a greeter/intake person.
We are still gathering recipes for a cookbook fundraiser and would appreciate help from the community with recipes. Recipes may be mailed to: 721 Front Street Ext., Suite 760, Meridian, MS 39301 (Acme Plaza)l faxed to (601) 483-7011: or e-mailed to: Diana.email@example.com
Volunteer of the Month
Our October RSVP Volunteer of the Month is Clara Moncrief, who has been with our organization since October 2012.
Clara is on our special events committee and currently volunteers at both Feed by Faith and The Anderson Regional Cancer Center. She is also interested in being a greeter during tax season to welcome and sign-in those who need our assistance. We really enjoy Clara’s commitment to our program, her warm smile and her enthusiasm.
On Nov. 5, we will host a Mississippi Center for Non-Profits Grant Writing class here at our office. The class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last all day.
This class will teach individuals the basics in grant writing and grant management. As organizations look for alternative funding opportunities, this class will help prepare you for writing a grant proposal, seeking outside resources. It will also assist you on locating possible funding sources.
On Nov. 7, we will again offer the AARP Drivers Safety class. Ben Glazar is the instructor and will share additional tips to the instructor's manual. At the end of this four-hour class, participants will receive a receipt to receive a reduction in their auto insurance. All auto insurance companies in Mississippi honor this receipt; the reduction varies by insurance provider. The receipt is valid for three years.
Be a Hero,
As always, we recognize our sponsor – the United Way of East Mississippi – and ask you to consider a donation to their efforts to help others.
One donation to United Way helps 14 different partner agencies throughout this community, as well as several community impact programs. The United Way is an organized effort to assist a wide variety of community organizations that do not have the time, staff or finances to raise money for themselves.
We can all be a hero in this community by supporting our local United Way. If we all give a little, it can mean a lot.
• Diana S. Glover is director of RSVP of Meridian/Lauderdale County.