Helping Seniors Stay Active
Ten years after her retirement, Jean Cossette is still active and volunteering.
Cossette participates in a program called Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), funded by the United Way of Cass-Clay. RSVP matches 55 and older volunteers with opportunities that meet the needs of the community. The program also provides rides for volunteers when needed.
Whenever RSVP calls her, she tries to make herself available to help nonprofit agencies with mailings, fundraising preparation, and other duties. Cossette's donated services save money for the agencies.
"Volunteering gets me out of the house to meet other people, working at the same time I am. We sit and visit as we're working," Cossette said. She hopes she can continue volunteering for a long time. "A lot of people have volunteered for 35 years. It's just amazing."
RSVP shows its gratitude to volunteers by holding an annual awards banquet.
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