- Written by Ginger Elliott, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley
- Published: 21 March 2019
The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) began as a national program, authorized by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1969, to create opportunities for engagement, activity, and growth for older Americans. It became a presence in Hampshire County in 1973, in Franklin County in 1999, and in Hampden County in 2017. In the course of our 45-year history in the Pioneer Valley, RSVP at different times has functioned as a part of the Hampshire County Action Commission and the United Way. Currently, we are under the umbrella of the Hampshire Council of Governments.
In 2003, RSVP received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. In 2010, RSVP was awarded a Programs of National Significance grant to expand our award-winning Healthy Bones & Balance program. In 2018, eight of our volunteers were honored with a President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for completing 4,000 or more hours of service to improve the quality of life here in the Pioneer Valley.
The mission of RSVP has always been to work closely with local organizations to develop interesting volunteer assignments, and to provide mature men and women with a host of service opportunities. Today, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley partners with more than 60 agencies and almost 650 volunteers to help make our communities grow and prosper.
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