Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick read a proclamation recently declaring Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Foster Grandparent and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Day in Logan County. The proclamation honors the many hours of service from the senior volunteers in our community, and for all of their dedication to their fellow man. The honor was held at the Russellville Senior Center.
The Proclamation noted a total of 16 RSVP and Foster Grandparent volunteers. They include: Louise Parker, Rayburn Atkinson, Joyce Phelps and Martha Venable for voluntarily helping with the Red Cross Blood Drive for 153 hours. Nancy Collins, Carolyn Price, David Price, Nannie Scott and Belle Wells for having volunteered with friendly visits and telephone reassurance for 260 hours. James Finch, Dorothy Hines, Bob Kirkpatrick, Geraldine Palmer and Tom Martin for voluntarily delivering home meals for 50 hours. Martha Duncan, Dorothy Hines and Belle Wells for helping with tasks around the senior center for 64 hours. Virginia Darden and Hazel Raymer for providing 1,196 hours of mentoring approximately nine children from July 1, 2015, through March 26, 2016.
“It is fitting and proper that we express our sincere appreciation to the Foster Grandparent Program and the RSVP Program,” said Chick. “All the many volunteers who make such sacrifices to their community are to be commended.”
Cheryl Kerchenski, director of the Russellville Senior Center said she could not do her job without the many wonderful volunteers she has.
“They get out there and serve their community. They provide care and compassion to home-bound seniors and help many others in our community. They are a very special group and we are very blessed to have them,” said Kerchenski.
The RSVP Program is a national volunteer service operating through Community Action of Southern Kentucky. To be eligible for enrollment as an RSVP volunteer, a person must be 55 years of age or older, willing to serve on a regular basis without compensation, and reside in or nearby the community served by RSVP. Eligible seniors serve anywhere from a few hours a month to almost full time, though the average commitment is four hours a week. Most volunteers are paired with local community organizations that are already helping to meet community needs.
The Foster Grandparents Program matches up seniors with children who have special needs such as abuse, neglect, physical, mental, or emotional disabilities as well as those who are in the juvenile justice system. They provide individual attention and assistance 15-40 hours per week. They attend 40 hours of pre-service training and monthly in-service trainings thereafter. Currently, approximately 105 Foster Grandparents serve at 45 stations, which include schools, Head Start centers, and other non-profit facilities.
The children benefit from the program as well as the Foster Grandparents. Children of all ages can improve with the interaction and wisdom that grandparents offer.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.