RSVP thanks their volunteers for continued service

To the editor:

The 37th National Volunteer Week kicked off on April 10 this year with the theme "Celebrating People in Action." This special week has become an annual spotlight on those who generously donate their time, energy, and skills to helping local communities.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Madison County would like to acknowledge our over 650 active volunteers who work tirelessly to deep the engine of our county humming smoothly. Volunteers staff and support critical services and organizations like libraries, museums, hospitals, blood banks and ambulance corps to name just a few.

Madison County food pantries and thrift stores are staffed by volunteers, along with the ever-growing adult literacy program, Madison County READS Ahead. RSVP Volunteers have recently adopted a platoon of troops from Ft. Drum deployed to Afghanistan in March.

RSVP volunteers truly are "people in action" who provide vital services such as the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program which advocates for residents in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. Our active core of 'Bone Builder' exercise program leaders meet weekly throughout the county to lead group exercises for people over age 50 to help prevent osteoporosis. The Income Tax Preparation volunteers are just wrapping up the current tax season. The help over 400 local citizens over age 60 with free tax services.

All in all our volunteers are active, concerned individuals who truly are the back bone of this wonderful area. If you see a volunteer this week, please be sure to say "thanks!"

Mary Bartlett

Director, RSVP of Madison County

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