Carbon County RSVP Program Thrives
|Volunteering at the Senior Citizen Center in Price are Marie Sandhick and Leslie Hendersen. These women have volunteered for years at the center doing whatever jobs are needed. Leslie has been volunteering full time since 1992 but started back in the 1960's as a part time volunteer. Besides working at the checkin table she also plays the piano and has helped out in the kitchen. Marie has been at the center for the past six years.|
There were 209 active RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers in Carbon County in 2001, giving 27,018 hours of their time to the community last year.
Several programs were outlined in the most recent RSVP Newsletter, "The Invitation."
One of these include the new prescription discount cards available to anyone who volunteers through the RSVP program. The organization has teamed up with ScriptSave, a nationally known company. According to the article they felt that this was a great way to show their appreciation to their many volunteers. There is no cost for the card.
The card can be used at a number of outlets in the county.
Carbon County RSVP is also introducing a new program called Cell Phones for Seniors. The program will give cell phones to qualifying Carbon county residents, 55 years or older. Phones will be given to those who are housebound or have to do a lot of traveling. Each phone will be capable of dialing 911 regardless of whether it has paid service or not.
The monthly newsletter is very informative about volunteer opportunities. For all volunteer opportunities people should contact the RSVP office at 637-9118 or email the program at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The second quarter newsletter there were several listings including, PAWS, volunteers looking to provide assistance to people with pets. Castleview Hospital is seeking volunteers for their auxiliary program, the family support center needs help in the crisis nursery and volunteers are needed in the homes of people who are terminally ill, providing respite for the caregivers. The Price City library is seeking literacy volunteer tutors, the Helper Mining and Railroad Museum needs help in their gift shop and volunteers can help in the classroom at RUCD head start. Volunteers can transport frail elderly or disabled individuals in the Care-A-Van program and volunteers can always give tours and help in the library at the CEU Museum. Habitat for Humanity needs help to build a home for a family in need and volunteers are being sought to help with activities at the Karl Peterson and East Carbon Senior Centers. Volunteers can also become a mentor for a child and their family spending one evening a month with the child and family engaged in a fun activity.
During this year's Volunteer Recognition Brunch at the Holiday Inn, volunteers were honored for their outstanding efforts during 2001.
Receiving award certificates for the example they set for others at their volunteer stations were Edna Karns, Pat Marinoni, Christina Sanchez, Aldene Thomas, Frank Ularich, Phebe Peterson and Bernice Weber.
Receiving 2001 Outstanding Volunteer medals were Jean Cameron, Marie Sandbeck, and Madge Tomsic. These three ladies put in a combined total of 1,977 hours last year.
Jean Cameron was awarded the Gold Medal of Excellence for giving 774 hours of her time last year to Castleview Hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary.
Marie Sandbeck was awarded the Silver Medal of Excellence for giving 648 hours of her time to the Karl Peterson Senior Center.
Madge Tomsic was awarded the Bronze Medal of Excellence for giving 55 hours to the Helper Mining and Railroad Museum.
A new volunteer station was announced this month. The local Interagency Council is made up of different service agencies in Carbon County, many of which deal with children. The council works to support at-risk youth and their families in ways to assist them to be successful at home, in school and in the community. LIC is currently looking for up to six mentors for two teenage boys, two middle school boys, one elementary boy and a fifth grade girl.
Volunteers can work with one child or multiple children. Anyone interested should call 637-7787 for more information