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Aleutian Pribilof Islands Assoc., Inc. 

RSVP volunteers wanted for Anchorage, Mat-Su

 

Courtesy Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.

RSVP volunteer Margie Bell teaches a youth dance group at the Hooper Bay Youth & Elders Building in April 2015.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is resuming service in the Anchorage/Mat-Su region through the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIAI). RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people age 55 and older. In joining RSVP, you join 500,000 volunteers across the country who are tackling tough issues in their communities. When you volunteer, you are not just helping others – you are helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and friendships, as well as promotes a positive outlook on life. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer.

With RSVP you choose how, when, and how often you want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours a month to even 40 hours a week. Service opportunities are as diverse as the communities in which volunteers serve and may include:

• Mobilize other volunteers

• Organize neighborhood watch programs

• Mentor and tutor youth and peers

• Assist victims of natural disasters

• Clean up or beautify the environment

• Renovate homes

• Teach English to immigrants or offer interpretive skills

• Lead fundraising efforts

• Assist in fighting hunger and homelessness

• Sharing your language, culture and traditions with others

• And much, much more

Whatever you choose to do, you will be making a huge impact by creating stronger families, better schools and youth programs, safer communities and mobile seniors. With RSVP, you will see tangible outcomes and learn firsthand how your contribution of service can change your community.

Volunteers receive orientation and training from the organization where they will serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty. RSVP volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but may receive mileage reimbursements, rides to/from site, quarterly newsletters, annual recognition and an RSVP t-shirt.

For more information about the RSVP Program, contact Elder Program Liaison Doreen Lacy at doreenl@apiai.org or (907) 222-4244.

 
 

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