Friday, July 15, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom joined Presidents Timmy Roussel and Larry Cochran and over 400 seniors from the River Parishes at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Luncheon. The 39th Annual Luncheon was held at the St. James Parish Boat Club on Wednesday, July 13.
Once a year, the RSVP sponsors a recognition event for seniors to acknowledge their volunteer efforts. Awards were presented to volunteers with five to twenty-five years of service. Among the longest serving St. John volunteers were Gloria Brignac, Jackie Labat, Alice Roussell, Nellwyn Torres and Betty Vicknair who were recognized for 20 plus years of volunteer service. Terry Labat and Velda Michel were honored for top hours. St. John Parish clocked in a total of 32,811 volunteer hours valued at $756,949.77 for 2016.
Overall, RSVP recorded 668 volunteers providing 73,827.50 hours of service valued at $1,703,200.43. “Congratulations to all of the volunteers for their efforts and giving back to the community,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “The number of volunteers in St. John Parish continues to grow and for this we say thank you.”
In addition to the presentation of awards, volunteers also reveled in music, dancing, socializing, and entertainment by the “Oldies but Goodies Dance & Social Club". The purpose of the River Parishes RSVP is to link adults from St. James, St. Charles and St. John Parishes ages 55 and over to meaningful volunteerism and to provide opportunities to pursue their interests and use their skills to help meet community needs. Volunteers serve in a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups.
Each volunteer contributes an average of four hours per week to remain an active RSVP member. For more information on how to get involved with the RSVP program, call 985-783-8907.