Editor's Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way's efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week's organization is the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program.
Are you a resident over the age of 55 looking to volunteer your time in a meaningful way? The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers seniors an opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering.
Volunteer work spans six focus areas, including disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures and veterans and military families. Activities include carrying Meals on Wheels, listening to children read, helping in food and clothing banks, and providing medical transportation.
“It's really hard for a community to survive without volunteers,” Program Director Debbie Allen said. “Volunteers are the backbone of our country so it's very important to volunteer locally as well as at another level.”
RSVP has been active in Dodge City since 1971. Currently it has over 600 volunteers, a growth of 400 over what the organization had 10 years ago. Three years ago it added the Ford County Volunteer Center, which allows participation from those under the age of 55, including students.
Proceeds from the United Way go toward rent for the RSVP's office, as well as postage and printing costs for newsletters and recognition for volunteers.
“United Way has been a funder of the program for many years so they've been very important for the development and the growth that the program has seen,” Allen said.
RSVP will be hosting a volunteer fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Village Square Mall at 2601 Central Ave. The public will have the opportunity to visit with several organizations regarding volunteer needs for the holidays and the new year.
To volunteer with RSVP or to take advantage of its resources, call 620 – 227 – 7077.