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Hill Country RSVP, Helping Mason One Person at a Time
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 • Posted July 30, 2008

The Hill Country RSVP (a volunteer program) is a part of one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation – matching problems that need to be solved with people age 55 and older who are willing to help.  RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve – from a few hours to more than 40 hours a week.  People who have gained a lifetime of experience can now put that time to good use by using their skills and talents to volunteer to help others. You choose the amount of time you want to give and you choose whether to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity to volunteer that is right for you. RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services, such as:

· Tutoring children in reading and math;

· Library summer reading programs and story hours

· Helping children get immunized;

· Participating in neighborhood watch programs

· Planting community gardens

· Relief services to victims of natural disasters/serving as CERT members

· Delivering meals to homebound elderly

· HAPIN (Helping A Person In Need) - helping frail elderly live independently

· Helping community organizations operate more effectively and efficiently

· Environmental-Recycling/Adopt a Highway/Community & Neighborhood Cleanup

· Mentoring children of incarcerated parents

· Mentoring adult inmates in jail or prison

RSVP=Results. Whatever you choose to do you’ll be making a real difference. Outcomes can mean stronger families, cleaner water, and safer communities just to mention a few. With RSVP, you’ll see tangible outcomes and learn first hand how your contributions can change your community.

Giving back helps you too. When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others-you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

In addition, with RSVP you’ll receive orientation/training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental insurance while you are working at your volunteer site or when traveling to and from it. Also you are invited to the annual volunteer recognition that we give our volunteers each year as a way to say “Thank you for caring enough to make a difference.” Want to join this group of volunteers? Call Brenda Chapman at 1-866-372-5167 ext. 255 or email bchapman@hccaa.com. You can also learn more about RSVP at www.GetInvolved.gov.

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