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Serving the Porter County senior community Jump into New Year with new role as volunteer

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on February 06, 2019 with No Comments

The New Year often brings with it a desire to make changes. Some resolutions may come and go, but one that can stick and really make a difference in your life and others’ lives is the decision to volunteer.

A unique program is tailor-made for the region’s seniors to make an impact! The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program allows seniors 55 and older to truly share their own specialized skills through volunteer placement in organizations throughout the region.

The United Way’s RSVP team helps connect you to the best organizations and roles, so you can have the largest effect possible.

Some of the benefits include: being able to meet new people, the flexibility to volunteer as little or as much as you want, the opportunity to share your own one-of-a-kind skills garnered through your life experience and the ability to learn a new skill at your particular organization.

Locally, RSVP members can be found crocheting, working in after-school programs, assisting with tax preparation, helping provide services to those who need it most or helping with office administrative tasks.

Some of the organizations where you could be placed as a RSVP volunteer include: Duneland Family YMCA, First Presbyterian Resale Shop, Hilltop Neighborhood House, La Porte Meals on Wheels, Memorial Opera House, Portage Township Bonner Senior Center, the Salvation Army, Sojourner Truth House or Westchester Public Library.

Any organization seeking to become a RSVP station where volunteers can help out should call 219-464-3583.

Any seniors seeking to become involved as a RSVP volunteer can obtain a volunteer application online at www.unitedwaypc.org/RSVP to be mailed to United Way RSVP, 951 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Celebrate Volunteers

Save the date to join the region’s celebration of volunteers! The United Way’s third annual Spirit Awards will honor seven community members who are serving our communities through their volunteer roles and who serve as an inspiration to others.

The banquet will be in March at Duneland Falls Banquet & Meeting Center in Chesterton. Stay tuned for more details!

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and for the past twelve years has been serving as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services. For more information, contact him directly at 219-465-7144 or email at bhlindner@portercountyacs.org.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

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