May 22, 2012
Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Honors Senior Volunteers During 38th Anniversary Luncheon
On May 17, 2012, Bucks County Commissioners Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW joined county Human Services Director Joe Funk and Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Director Najja Orr to honor more than 250 senior volunteers who play a vital role in our community. The county’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) celebrated its 38th Anniversary Luncheon at King’s Caterers in Levittown.
Honored as the winner of the 2012 Peggy O’Neill Senior Volunteer of the Year was Ms. Mary Mahoney. A volunteer at Saint Mary’s Medical Center since 1981, she has been a witness to significant changes at the Medical Center during more than 31 years of service. She has been involved in many aspects of the Saint Mary’s Medical Center volunteer department, including chairing the luncheon committee, auditing the “hole in one” at the golf tournament, teen programs during the summer months and organizing bus trips for nuns. She has logged over 15,000 hours of service, 6,600 of which have been with the RSVP Program.
The Loretta Osbourn Award went to Vita Education Services. Founded in 1971, Vita Education Services brings learning to life for over 1,000 Bucks County residents annually in the community and through the criminal justice system. Programs offered include Basic Literacy, GED Preparation, Family Literacy, English as a Second Language, Decisions for Living and Decisions for Teens. During 2011, Vita supported RSVP through nine volunteers who provided 569 hours of service. Accepting the award on behalf of Vita were Betsy Uhl, Charles Fohner, Dottie Henche and Amy Forsberg.
Last year, a total of 650 RSVP volunteers donated 116,500 hours to 125 non-profit agencies throughout Bucks County, a contribution that equates to approximately $2.5 million of volunteer service. This year’s theme for Senior Corps Week is “Making a Difference for Generations.” “The tremendous impact that volunteers have cultivates change, strengthens community and fosters a vision that everyone can make a difference,” stated Mr. Orr.
For more information about the RSVP Program and the county Area Agency on Aging, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org.