Tuesday, July 18, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Robottom recently joined St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran to honor and commemorate the hard work and service of more than 200 volunteers. Each year an event is held for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) from the River Parishes. The 40th annual event was held at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in St. Charles Parish.
Every year, officials from RSVP sponsor a recognition meal to acknowledge volunteer efforts and thank volunteers for their commitment and service. Awards were presented to volunteers with five to twenty-five years of service. Among the volunteers with the most hours for St. John volunteers were Sylvester Dumas, Velda Michel, Geraldline Rogers, Oscar Jacob, Clifford Hebert, Roberta Bailey, Ron Balfour and Christine Fulger. Terry Labat and Beverly Pettigrew were honored for top hours. Velda Michel also received an award for over 11,000 lifetime hours. Overall, St. John Parish provided a total of 32,861 volunteer hours valued at $793.264.54 for 2017.
RSVP recorded 659 volunteers providing 71,381.93 hours of service valued at $1,723,159.79. “Congratulations to all of the volunteers for their efforts and giving back to the community,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “St. John volunteers increased their service by more than 50 hours from last year which helps to make St. John a better place.”
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.