Se­nior vol­un­teers sought

The Republican Herald - - HEALTH - Jan­ice John­ston

RSVP of Schuylkill County seeks helpers ages 55 and over.

Schuylkill County is for­tu­nate to have a large num­ber of se­nior res­i­dents who call it home. Our el­der adults are spry and ac­tive and you’d be hard- pressed to find a lo­cal non­profit that isn’t en­riched by an older vol­un­teer.

In the past 34 years, RSVP of Schuylkill County vol­un­teers do­nated more than 1.5 mil­lion hours of ser­vice to Schuylkill County.

RSVP is unique in that it en­rolls only vol­un­teers over the age of 55 who are placed to serve with agen­cies on an on­go­ing ba­sis. They do not just vol­un­teer one time, but be­come part of the cul­ture of the agency where they serve, help­ing to meet the goals es­tab­lished by that agency. Many RSVP vol­un­teers have served with agen­cies for 15 or more years with sev­eral vol­un­teer­ing at their agency for more than 25 years.

To­day, al­most 350 vol­un­teers gen­er­ously give their time, tal­ents and skills to help im­prove the qual­ity of life in the county.

RSVP vol­un­teers con­trib­ute their time and tal­ents in a va­ri­ety of ways, in­clud­ing with the Amer­i­can Red Cross, Ser­vants to All help­ing the home­less, hos­pi­tals, li­braries, his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties and museums, schools and day­cares, food banks, nurs­ing homes and by tu­tor­ing or shar­ing their tal­ents of knit­ting, cro­chet- ing, sewing and weav­ing.

How­ever, at this time, vol­un­teers are es­pe­cially needed for ways that as­sist se­niors in our com­mu­nity, such as driving se­niors to med­i­cal ap­point­ments and er­rands, pack­ing meals for or de­liv­er­ing Meals on Wheels, Op­er­a­tion Reach Out phone call­ers, an­swer­ing the hot­line at the APPRISE tele­cen­ter as­sist­ing se­niors with in­sur­ance de­ci­sions and the Om­buds­men Pro­gram act­ing as an ad­vo­cate for res­i­dents of long term care fa­cil­i­ties.

If you’d like to vol­un­teer for any of the RSVP op­por­tu­ni­ties, call Darla at 570- 6223103.

Schuylkill on the Move in­vites you to join “Hiker Jim” for a walk to Stump Dam at 8 a. m. Sun­day. Visit the Gum­boot, Black Di­a­mond Road to Black­wood, then Stump Dam. Fol­low the old Lehigh Rail­road to Sil­ver­ton. Meet in Llewellyn Hose park­ing lot for the easy, 9- mile hike.

“It’s A Won­der­ful Life” will be per­formed at the Ma­jes­tic Theater at 7 p. m. Dec. 13 and 14 and at 2 and 7 p. m. Dec. 15. The adapted play re­mains faith­ful to the beloved movie ver­sion of the life and times of Ge­orge Bai­ley. Tick­ets are $ 15.

Cold weather and soup go hand in hand. Down­town Shenan­doah Inc. can make your life a lit­tle eas­ier with meals with their monthly soup sale that is held the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month through March. The next sale will take place from 10 a. m. to sell­out Dec. 13. Choices may in­clude New Eng­land clam chow­der, pasta fa­gi­ole, chicken noo­dle, split pea, beef veg­etable, kiel­basi, chili and beef bar­ley. Pints sell for $ 3 and quarts for $ 6. Or­der in ad­vance to en­sure you get your fa­vorite by call­ing 570462- 2060.

The Ac­tors Guild of Schuylkill County will per­form “A Christ­mas Carol” Live Ra­dio Play Din­ner Theatre at the Foun­tain Springs Coun­try Inn at 5 p. m. Dec. 16. The show is a live per­for­mance of a 1940s- style ra­dio show fea­tur­ing the Charles Dicken’s clas­sic “A Christ­mas Carol.” Din­ner in­cludes stuffed chicken breast, roast beef, mashed pota­toes, veg­etable med­ley, house salad, rolls and but­ter, dessert and cof­fee and tea. A cash bar will be avail­able. Doors open at 4: 30 p. m., din­ner starts at 5 p. m. and the show will be at 6: 15 p. m. Dead­line to pur­chase tick­ets is Dec. 11. Or­der tick­ets on­line at www. agosc. org.

li­brary vol­un­teers

Re­spon­si­bil­ity: The li­brary would be grate­ful for help with a wide range of easy du­ties, in­clud­ing cov­er­ing and pro­cess­ing books, at­tach­ing la­bels, man­ning desk, etc.

Times: Needed twice per week. Choose avail­abil­ity.

Skills: Friendly, able to com­plete as­signed tasks.

Lo­ca­tion: Pottsville Free Pub­lic Li­brary

Call: Li­brary at 570- 6228880.

Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teers in Ac­tion is the vol­un­teer cen­ter for Schuylkill County. Use the pre­ced­ing con­tact in­for­ma­tion for those spe­cific op­por­tu­ni­ties and search other list­ings on our web­site at www. schuylkill. us/ cvia. Find us on Facebook. Call us at 570- 628- 1426 or email jjohn­[email protected]

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