Last year, 600 Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers donated over 96,000 hours to 100 non-profit agencies throughout Bucks County. Today, on behalf of his fellow Commissioners Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, the Area Agency on Aging, the RSVP staff and the RSVP Advisory Council, Commissioner Chairman Robert G. Loughery said “Thank You.”
At a luncheon in Feasterville, moderated by Area Agency on Aging Director Najja Orr, RSVP staff applauded the volunteers. “We express our sincere appreciation for your valuable service during the past year as a volunteer in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Bucks County,” said Richelle Marek, RSVP Director. “Your dedication to improving lives and strengthening the community is recognized throughout the county and appreciated all year long.”
William Grun was awarded the 2014 Peggy O’Neill Senior Volunteer of the Year Award. Mr. Grun has been a volunteer at Holicong Middle School since 1992, and at 94, he is the oldest volunteer at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. Churchville Nature Center was also honored for its contributions to the senior community by being awarded the Loretta Osbourn Award, given to a volunteer station that exemplifies a commitment to utilizing volunteers in an effective, supportive and respectful manner.
RSVP is one of the nation’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older, and has been sponsored by the Bucks County Commissioners, the Area Agency on Aging and the Corporation for National Service for the past 40 years. The program provides opportunities to join together and create a multitude of demonstrable results in local communities. Among the many contributions, RSVP volunteers help children to achieve in school, assist veterans and their families, improve access to health care, foster economic opportunities, provide disaster relief, and do what they can to save the environment. During 2013, “Independent Sector” and the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated the value of volunteer time at $21.94 per hour, accounting for $2 million in volunteer service in Bucks County.
“We celebrate the commitment of RSVP members and staff who generously donate time and talent to our communities and those in need of support,” stated Commissioner Loughery. “You are making a difference, and we thank you. Keep up the great work.”