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Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

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Want to share your experience and skills, meet new people and give back to your community? Then the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is for you!

A nationally recognized program, RSVP matches adults 55 and older with local volunteer opportunities. RSVP members assist at schools, hospitals, community centers, social service organizations and in community programs such as Meal on Wheels. In southeast Michigan, RSVP programs are available in Oakland and Macomb counties.

About 450 volunteers are currently enrolled. New volunteers are welcome!

Volunteer opportunities range from four hours a month to 20 hours a week. Those involved can choose how and where they want to volunteer and receive training, placement, and orientation assistance.

RSVP is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency and financial support from the community.

For more information contact Allison Van Haverbeke at 248-559-1147 ext. 3945 or email vanhaverbekea@ccsem.org.

Good News

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has renewed a $119,097 grant for RSVP, which will continue program funding through March 30, 2018.

Read more in an article from C & G News

RSVP Special Recognition

Carolyn Westmorland has been part of RSVP for 29 years, starting in April 1988. She has led and is part of a group called Project Help, currently affiliated with St. Vincent Ferrer Parish.

Connie Rosse has been with RSVP for 27 years, since September 1989. At age 96, she is RSVP’s oldest volunteer in Oakland County. She currently volunteers at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

Events

  • The Power of Music and Movement

More than 300 people attended the third annual Senior Living & Learning Seminar, a free event sponsored by the CCSEM Older Adult Division. This year’s event focused on the importance of staying active during the senior years. Kaitlynn Sinke, a registered dance/movement therapist, got the group moving to the music with dances like the Charleston, the Twist, the Swim, the Hokey Pokey and a grown-up version of the children’s classic, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”. Even participants in wheelchairs got into the action. Several even brought their “Happy Dance” on stage!