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Ring in Spring by Volunteering!

Pat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager for Hampshire and Franklin countiesPat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager for Hampshire and Franklin countiesSpring is arriving soon, and it is a wonderful time to think about ending the winter “cabin fever” and connecting with new opportunities and new friends in your community. A John Hopkins study revealed that “volunteering increases brain functioning because activity gets you moving and thinking at the same time.”

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley is a federal Senior Corps program that matches adults 55 and older to volunteer opportunities with 65 community non-profits. We want to help you get moving, use your experience, or try new challenges as we connect you to prospects close to home and within your time availability.

We want to help you get moving, use your experience, or try new challenges as we connect you to prospects close to home and within your time availability.

AARP asks the question, “Volunteering makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of others, but did you know how much you help yourself by giving back?” Volunteers have good feelings when making a difference in other lives, meet new friends, and according to the John Hopkins study, “experience a happiness effect.”

SHINE volunteers meet with clients and provide free, confidential and unbiased health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries. Volunteers who like to drive provide access to medical appointments for homebound elders. LifePath volunteer Ombudsmen visit residents of local rest homes and nursing homes on a flexible weekly schedule, building professional relationships and feeling purposeful as they help to make sure that the residents’ concerns are heard and addressed.

RSVP now offers New Volunteer Orientation twice monthly and we invite anyone who is interested in all of the many local volunteer opportunities to contact us and reserve a space for the next orientation on March 26 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Contact Pat Sicard, Volunteer Manager, at 413-387-1286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ginger Elliott is the Volunteer Coordinator for Hampden County, and can be contacted at 413-387-1296 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..