Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA) is pleased to announce that their Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been named “Outstanding National Service Program” for 2018! This prestigious award recognizes individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.
Through several programs, including Meals on Wheels, KISS (Keeping Independent Seniors Safe, a telephonic reassurance system), as well as partnerships with local Catholic Charities soup kitchens, RSVP serves seniors and others in Genesee, Shiawassee & Lapeer Counties. Nearly 900 individuals have received independent living services. RSVP volunteers also drive seniors to medical appointments; 36 volunteers provided 10,907 hours of companionship and rides for 521 clients, many of whom are veterans.
Gov. Rick Snyder offered congratulations to the winners: “This year’s winners have inspiring stories. They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their service,” Snyder said. “I am extremely grateful for the contributions they have made for Michigan and am honored to recognize their incredible accomplishments.”
The 2018 Governor’s Service Awards Winners will be honored on June 5 at Wharton Center in East Lansing, with a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism. Visit https://www.michigan.gov/ for a full list of this year’s Award recipients.
Kathryn Boles, President & CEO of VAAA says, “Joining RSVP is a great way to become more active in your community and help others. Our volunteers are a valuable resource, and we cannot thank them enough for everything that they do.”