Thursday, Oct. 4, was a very special day for members of RSVP of Central Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization linking volunteers age 55 and older with essential community needs throughout central Oklahoma since 1973.
More than 350 people attended RSVP’s 39th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, held in the Christian Life Center at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.
The luncheon honored members of RSVP, senior volunteers who unselfishly lend their time and talents to more than 200 local organizations. The theme of the day was “Never Too Old to Play”, with entertainment provided by The Sweet Adelines Chorus and guest speaker, humorist Lyn Hester.
In the past year, over 1,000 RSVP members donated 214,812 hours of volunteer service to help make a difference in the lives of Oklahoma County residents. RSVP volunteer members are involved in hundreds of capacities in our communities … tutoring youth & adults, preparing and delivering meals to the homebound, serving as museum docents and tour guides, driving the elderly to medical appointments, working with local law enforcement agencies, providing crisis intervention assistance and much, much more.
RSVP recognized several members who were present for their lengthy service to the community through RSVP. Congratulations to Arline Powell for 25 years of service to the community as members of RSVP and Jessie Jordan for 35 years with RSVP.
RSVP would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making the recognition of this special group of seniors possible through event sponsorship: Best Friend Sponsor is Good Shepherd Hospice. Good Friend Sponsors are Alpha Home Care, Mercer-Adams Funeral Services, OG&E, ONG and OK Senior Journal. Playmate Sponsors are Autumn House, Daily Living Centers, Hospice of OK County, ICG SaltShooter, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, Oklahoma Blood Institute, OU Medical Center Volunteers and Alan Pollock, Attorney at Law. New Friend Sponsors included several anonymous donors, Academy of Senior Professionals, Vera & Abel Aldaz, Dr. Chalon Anderson, Cypress Springs, Brian & Mickey Gorrell, Home Instead Senior Care, Bill & Julie Krywicki, Marla Mercer-Cole, Oklahoma Breast Cancer Center, Traveler’s Aid and The Wellington at OKC.
RSVP matches persons over the age of 55 with meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities in the community. There are no fees or dues for RSVP membership, and there are valuable free benefits extended to all members.
RSVP also offers free valuable services in the central Oklahoma area community, including transportation to medical appointments for persons over the age of 60 and telephone reassurance to those who are isolated or lonely.
For complete details on free RSVP membership or free RSVP services, please contact Evelyn Harms at 605-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage you to visit our website at www.rsvpokc.org. RSVP is a proud United Way agency and a part of the Corporation for National Service.