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Post Date:July 20, 2017 1:57 p.m.

The mission of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is to promote volunteerism and engage seniors 55 and older to donate their time and talents which builds strong community bonds, enriches lives and meets the needs of others. But what types of events do they help with? Here are six events that they help make possible. 

1. Luncheons. RSVP volunteers set up, decorate and serve for both the annual Veterans Day Luncheon in November and Christmas Luncheon in December. Both events are attended by hundreds of residents each year. 










2. Dances. Senior volunteers also prepare for several dances geared toward special needs and senior citizens such as the Krewe of G-old Timers Mardi Gras dance and the Arc of St. Charles dance.








3. Festivals. Volunteers can also be found at several festivals in the parish including the Heritage Day at Destrehan Plantation, Alligator Festival and Mimosa Fall Fest.









4. Fundraising/ Charity. The Relay for Life Survivors Dinner and fundraiser at the bridge park, and the Battle for the Paddle are two examples of the seniors volunteering for charity. Volunteers also play a critical part in the annual Toy and Gift Fund event that provides needy children in the parish with Christmas presents each December.








5. Tax Assistance. RSVP partners with AARP to provide free tax assistance every spring for residents.








6. Emergency Exercises. Lastly. senior volunteers serve as mock evacuee’s going through the process of registration and assisted evacuation, including baggage check, check in for both citizens and pets, and boarding for the parish’s biennial Assisted Evacuation Exercise. The exercise provides real life experience to the seniors in RSVP.

RSVP also celebrated their 40th anniversary in St. Charles Parish last week. Here are the photos!

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