Volunteering benefits all involved

Senior Corps Week celebrates the commitment and contribution made by Senior Corps volunteers and recognizes their critical impact on addressing tough challenges across our nation.

For more than four decades, Senior Corps volunteers have used their lifetime of skills and experience to meet community needs. Here in Snohomish County, more than 1,000 volunteers age 55-plus are serving through Senior Corps’ RSVP program sponsored by Catholic Community Services.

At a time of increased need and declining resources, RSVP volunteers are stepping in to fill the gaps. Last year in Snohomish County, 1,006 Senior Corps’ RSVP volunteers served 178,185 volunteer hours valued at over $3.7 million.

RSVP volunteers enable frail and elderly adults to live independently in their own homes by transporting them to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other basic needs appointments. RSVP volunteers work in food banks and the community gardens that support them. They volunteer at hospitals, libraries and tutor children. RSVP volunteers work to connect veterans to services and benefits. They work at Visitor Information Centers and Police Departments across the county. They provide tax preparation assistance and peer-to-peer counseling. RSVP volunteers are there to help with health insurance (SHIBA) and drive for Meals on Wheels. They support Senior Center programs, mentor at-risk teens and tutor ESL students.

With the theme “Making a Difference for Generations,” Senior Corps Week highlights the powerful impact of our volunteers. The initiative recognizes that service by older Americans benefits everyone — it helps volunteers by keeping them active, healthy, and engaged; it helps our communities to have more skilled volunteers, and it helps by saving taxpayer dollars and strengthening civic participation.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information visit NationalService.gov.

To contact RSVP of Snohomish County, please call Paulette Jacobson 425-374-6311 or John McAlpine 425-374-6374.

Thank you to all of our RSVP volunteers!

Paulette Jacobson

Director, RSVP of Snohomish County

Catholic Community Services

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