Community cornerstone: RSVP connects seniors with volunteer opportunities

Some people knit or crochet – hats for the homeless, slippers for day cares, blankets for the sick. Other people tutor young students or deliver hot meals, help at the local food bank or sort donations at the thrift shop that supports the American Cancer Society. Last year, the 208 volunteers in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, of Spokane County contributed 41,260 hours of service to community programs. On average, the crew of recent retirees and anyone older than 55 donated 290 hours each to 29 different community programs. Some volunteers worked an hour a month while the top volunteer spent about 2,300 hours at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop on Garland Avenue. Read more

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