Margate, NJ – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties has announced that the agency will offer Salem County residents who are 55+ and interested in helping others the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The program links the skills of volunteers with identified community needs.
Volunteers choose the amount of time to give, how and where to help, and whether to draw on their own skills or develop new ones. Volunteer opportunities include arts & crafts, cancer support, food pantry, friendly visitor, fundraising, grocery assistance, meal delivery, transportation driver and more. RSVP offers volunteer opportunities through Jewish Family Service and Gilda’s Club (Atlantic County) as well as Family Promise and Habitat for Humanity (Salem County).
In addition to giving back to the community, there are a variety of benefits to being an RSVP volunteer. Retired Senior Volunteer Program purchases insurance coverage for its volunteers, which provides benefits to individuals when they are partaking in RSVP assignments. The program also hosts an annual recognition event to celebrate volunteers’ collective achievements. Not only is volunteering important by helping others in need, but it increases self-esteem, helps mental sharpness and has proven to have health benefits such as less stress, lower heart disease rates and better physical fitness.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program program is a perfect complement to Village by the Shore, a JFS program that provides services and socialization to those 50+ in Atlantic County. The Village model enables community members 50+ to stay in their own homes through the concept of neighbors helping neighbors. Often times Village members become volunteers and volunteers become members.
RSVP is one of the largest networks of volunteers in the nation. Each year, nearly 430,000 adults age 55+ provide community service through more than 740 locally sponsored RSVP programs. Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through Senior Corps, RSVP engages nearly 5 million Americans in service each year.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about RSVP, please call Samantha McManus, RSVP Coordinator, at 609-822-1108 x251 or email email@example.com
For more information on JFS programs, services and events, please visit www.jfsatlantic.org.