In 2017, United Way RSVP volunteers served a total of 42,504 hours of service in the community. As of November 2018, volunteers have served 42,566 hours, already surpassing 2017 totals with December still to be counted!
Last year was a busy year for our program. Program Manager Lynette Scriver-Colburn joined the National Senior Corps Association board of directors, which promotes and advocates for Senior Corps programs across the country. She also was elected as an officer for the Montana State Association of Senior Corps Directors, a group of Montana directors that works to promote Senior Corps programs across the state through partnerships and collaborative efforts. Through these positions, she has been an advocate for keeping RSVP and other volunteer and senior programs active and funded.
In July 2018, Lynette attended the national Senior Corps conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss program concerns and learn more about national priorities, such as the opioid epidemic and elder justice issues.
Our program continued efforts on the opioid initiative. Lynette joined the Substance Abuse Prevention Alliance (SAPA) in order to bring RSVP and our volunteers into local efforts. With your help, we also spread information throughout the community on safe disposal of unused medications. Work on this initiative will continue in 2019.
Some of this year’s goals are to bring new volunteers into the program to better meet community needs. We will continue to provide routine updates and information on events and urgent volunteer needs through email and phone blasts and the bi-monthly newsletters. Our program is already working with some new potential worksites to bring you more opportunities for volunteering this upcoming year. We thank you for a great 2018 and look forward to a wonderful 2019.