At a glance
According to information from RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Central Oklahoma, older volunteers are valued for several reasons, including their:
• Experience, knowledge and skills
• Work ethic
• Loyalty and commitment to the organization's goals
• People skills such as
empathy, courtesy, patience and helpfulness
RSVP noted a British study last decade followed more than 400 women for 30 years and found the volunteers fared better healthwise: 52 percent of nonvolunteers experienced a major illness, compared with only 36 percent of those who did volunteer.
Another study found a 44 percent reduction in early death among those who volunteered.
How to get started
RSVP of Central Oklahoma works with 125 nonprofits and serves as a placement agency for volunteers ages 55 and older.
For information, go to www.rsvpokc.org or call 605-3110.