Submitted by Senior Services of South Sound
City of Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder visited the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center on Tuesday April 5 in honor of the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service to thank members of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who volunteer at the Center. To spotlight the impact of national service and to thank those who serve, mayors and county officials across the country participated in similar events.
“Last year alone, volunteers gave over 36,700 hours to the City of Lacey,” said Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder. “We are lucky to live in a community that has so many kind and compassionate people, willing to give back. It is truly inspiring to know our volunteers care so much about our city.”
Last year, seniors in RSVP volunteered 67,255 hours in Thurston County. By unleashing the power of citizens, RSVP members have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live.
Senior Services for South Sound knows that impact first hand, with over 455 volunteers – an overwhelming number of whom are seniors – serving in positions including Meals On Wheels drivers, service providers, Board members, and program faculty. These volunteers in 2015 donated skills and time that were valued at $1.1M according to per-hour rates provided by the Independent Sector.
“We really couldn’t operate without our volunteers,” Isaac Wagnitz, Volunteer Recruiter, said to the volunteers at the event, “Accomplishing our mission and providing much-needed programs to local seniors would not be possible without your support.”
Paul Larson, United Way of Thurston County’s Volunteer Programs Director was also present. United Way of Thurston County operates the Volunteer Program (RSVP) , which provides one-on-one consultations to volunteers age 55+ to match them with opportunities that best fit their skills and interests. They also provide Volunteer Connection, an easily-searchable online clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in Thurston County.
About Senior Services for South Sound
Since 1973, Senior Services for South Sound has been committed to improving the quality of life for people as they age. A nonprofit serving both Mason and Thurston counties, Senior Services for South Sound’s programs include Meals On Wheels to Mason and Thurston counties, STARS Adult Day Program, eight Senior Community Dining sites, Trips & Tours specializing in day trips for older adults, the Senior Transportation Program, Supportive Services, and education opportunities for adults in Thurston county. Additionally, Senior Services for South Sound operates the Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center and the Olympia Senior Center, as well as two retail locations, The Estate Store and Budd Bay Bargains, which benefit Senior Services for South Sound’s mission. More information about Senior Services for South Sound can be found at www.SouthSoundSeniors.org.