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Mabel ShuttMabel Shutt has the most volunteer hours of the RSVP volunteers for 2012, with 2,558 hours of service. (Photo by David Hentges)
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RSVP Grinter QuiltersRSVP Grinter Quilters. (Photo by David Hentges)
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RSVP volunteers from Providence Medical CenterRSVP volunteers from Providence Medical Center. (Photo by David Hentges)
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RSVP volunteers at the University of Kansas Medical CenterPete Stiglich representing RSVP at the University of Kansas Medical Center. (Photo by David Hentges)
RSVP Grinter Quilters
RSVP volunteers from Providence Medical Center
RSVP volunteers at the University of Kansas Medical Center
The United Way of Wyandotte County recently honored the over 200 RSVP volunteers that serve in Wyandotte County.
These volunteers serve in 25 nonprofits, hospitals, nursing home, schools, and governmental offices. They help as tutors, they work in the office, they greet clients, they give directions, they sew comfort items, or visit with the sick and lonely, they help keep food pantries stocked and prepare and serve meals in local food kitchens.
These volunteers range in age from 55 years old to nearly 100 years of age. In fact 18 of the honored volunteers are over the age of 90 and they were given special recognition for their contribution to our community.
They are Helen Ambrose, Marian Amrein, Oleta Bogard, Katherine Gonzalaz, Vera Hartman, Irene Kyle, Ann Landauer, Norene Mealman, Johnella Newton, Kathryn Osborn, Lorraine Proctor, Lanelle Radcliffe, Mildred Schneider, Reba Shaw, Jack Smith, Charlotte Stack, Sylvia Tate, Mary Taylor and Alice Zimmerman. One 90-year-old volunteered 459 hours in one year, well over the national average of 100 hours per year. These volunteers are proof that those who volunteer live longer and fuller lives, as a recent study indicated.
Special recognition went to volunteers with over 2,000 hours of service in a year. Two thousand hours is 20 times the national average.
It appears that our senior volunteers are well above average. Mabel Shutt topped the list with 2,558 hours of service in 2012. Mabel volunteers with the Shepherd’s Center of KCK, in a local school, in the Heritage Garden, and at the Grinter Apple Fest. Norma Jacobs was next with 2,000 hours. Norma keeps busy at the Shepherd’s Center of KCK, at several area nursing homes, she helps her elderly and disabled neighbors, volunteers with her church, and her neighborhood association.
Brenda Jones amassed 1,184 hours. Brenda is on the Kansas City, Kan., school board, the board of the United Way of Wyandotte County, RSVP advisory board, on the board of the Shepherd’s Center of KCK, is active with the NAACP, and helps her church in helping the frail elderly get to needed doctor’s appointments. Other honorees include Edwin Thomson with 874 hours at Providence Medical Center, Ralph Long, 846 hours at KUMC and Chris Magana with 622 hours divided between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County-KCK.
The RSVP volunteers in Wyandotte County served 37,094 hours. The value of that volunteer time is $808,278. That makes a big effect on the agencies struggling to serve those in need in our community. If you are over 55 and like to volunteer, contact Diane at 913-371-3674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Hentges is director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.