Written by Darla Downs
By Vicki Viall
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is being revitalized in Wolf Point and is now titled Northeastern Montana RSVP.
RSVP provides persons 55 and older the opportunity to apply their life experiences to meet critical community needs. RSVP has operated across the nation for over 30 years. Last year, over 480,000 senior volunteers served an average of four hours per week to over 65,000 local organizations nationwide.
The local office is same location, 124 Custer St., with office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new coordinator is Jeri Heinzman.
If you have volunteered in the past, you know the program. If you have not, volunteers are needed to help with such programs as organizing a neighborhood watch, mentoring and tutoring students and assisting victims of natural disasters, along with many other programs.
However, a new one that will benefit Wolf Point and the surrounding communities with the large veteran population here will be assisting the Veterans Affairs with updating and inputing information into computers, verifying service and more. Volunteers do not need to be computer literate to help in this program.
Are you interested in assisting with setting ladies’ hair? Northeastern Montana RSVP is partnering with Faith Lutheran Home on Thursdays to serve residents there.
There is no cost to either the host sites which utilitze volunteer services or to the volunteers themselves. RSVP works with both the sites and volunteers to ensure a satisfying experience for all.
Do you enjoy helping others? If you have the time and would like to assist others and give back to the community, call Heinzman at 406-765-7908 to learn more about the program, training and other ways to help.