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Volunteer spirit never retires
Retired Senior Volunteer Program holds banquet
2 Smiling friends
Longtime friends Betty Yates, left, and Wilma Cathey take a moment to get reacquainted at the annual RSVP banquet, although Betty wasnt about to share her delicious Oreo pudding.

Each day, an estimated 190 retired seniors volunteer their services to help people in our community.
These seniors deliver food for Meals on Wheels. They work blood drives. They perform military graveside services, and they volunteer at the Senior Center.
For their year-round efforts, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program held a banquet Tuesday to recognize these valuable contributors to our community. The seniors were treated to lunch and a rousing game of Bingo where thousands of dollars in prizes were awarded.
“These are great people, just wonderful folks,” said RSVP director Jim Wilson. “They are looking to volunteer their time and we help facilitate that by linking them to an organization where they will enjoy serving. It really helps everyone involved. It gets the seniors some socialization, gets them out of the house, and it helps them perform a service that’s needed.”
Longtime friends Wilma Cathey and Betty Yates had a chance to catch up during the banquet. Wilma is a volunteer at the Senior Center, while Betty works in the Central Church of Christ clothing room among her many activities with her church.
Retired WCHS principal George Bolding was in attendance, saying his main volunteer work comes with performing military funerals.
“The veterans are dying out,” said Bolding. “We don’t get nearly as many calls for military funerals as we used to.”
A volunteer of the year used to be recognized at the banquet, but Wilson has changed that tradition during his time as director.
“I have nearly 200 people and I consider them all volunteers of the year,” said Wilson. “I don’t know how I could pick just one.”
Wilson stressed the importance of volunteering in the community.
“One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together,” said Wilson. “Volunteering strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests. While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you that opportunity.”
To learn more about RSVP, contact Wilson at 473-5367.