Channeling the talents and energies of people age 55 and over who would like to be of service helping others is a primary purpose of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
One of Little Dixie Community Action Agency's most popular and longest running programs, RSVP provides a way for persons 55 and over to volunteer their time, experience, knowledge and interest in order to help others.
Volunteers serve as teachers' assistants, friendly visitors, drivers, hospital auxiliary members, library workers and engage in many other activities. They range in age from 55 to 90 and there are currently a total of 487 volunteers serving 76 worksites in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties.
These valuable volunteers provide more than 350,000 hours of service in a year's time. The RSVP program is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service along with State and local donations. It has been operating in Choctaw, Pushmataha, and McCurtain counties since 1973.
Among the volunteers are retired teachers, ministers, housewives, contractors and executives, to name a few. RSVP participants can choose a volunteer activity to suit their interests, talents and time.
There are no restrictions based on education, income or experience. The only qualifications are the age of 55 or over and a desire to be of service to others.
Volunteers are eligible for reimbursement of expenses such as transportation and meals while volunteering. There are also many opportunities to serve at home, such as sewing, phoning shut-ins, or assembling information kits for various social service agencies.
Arrangements can be made to accommodate volunteers who do not have transportation and wish to serve. Volunteers are protected by medical indemnity and life insurance while participating and traveling to and from RSVP activities.
Little Dixie has RSVP offices in Hugo, Antlers, Broken Bow and Idabel. For more information, call 580-326-5201.