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Want to Add Volunteering to Your 2020 Resolutions? RSVP a Great Place to Start

December 18, 2019

(Estherville, Iowa) Are you interested in adding volunteering to your 2020 New Year’s resolutions? The upcoming new year is a great time to get more involved in the community and Northwest Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a great place to learn more about volunteering.

“Many people resolve to focus on improved health or become more active each year. Becoming an RSVP can fill both of those resolutions as you become more involved in your local community while making a meaningful difference in the lives of others! The cheerful face of a student, the grateful smile of someone receiving food or transportation or, the pleasure of helping out at a nature center, museum or a locally-sponsored community event can brighten many days throughout the year!” remarks Dawn Bernhard, Northwest Iowa RSVP director. 

Northwest Iowa RSVP volunteers get involved in the community in many ways including serving as Pen Pals, Reading Buddies, and tutors in private and public schools; driving residents to medical and other essential appointments; helping the Food Pantry and delivering Meals on Wheels; sharing talents like singing, comedy and crafts at nursing homes, and helping with other special projects ranging from helping with blood drives or assisting thrift stores to supporting charities or assisting at the local library or museum events.

“Volunteers choose how they wish to share their experiences, skills and interests in the wide range of opportunities and flexible schedules offered through the RSVP program,” explains Bernhard.

Volunteer opportunities exist for nearly any time frame, long term or short term, and allow people to pursue their passions while helping others. Whatever your age, interests, experience or, whatever form of volunteering you choose, serving others is the perfect way to help our community along with achieving goals you have set for yourself for the coming year.

Northwest Iowa RSVP serves Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, and Palo Alto counties. Iowa Lakes Community College has sponsored Northwest Iowa RSVP since 1977.  Each of the five Iowa Lakes’ campuses in Estherville, Emmetsburg, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Algona house an RSVP office. The mission of Northwest Iowa RSVP is to engage volunteers 55+ in meaningful community service.

If you would like more ideas on how to volunteer or want to join RSVP, please contact Dawn at dbernhard@iowalakes.edu or 515-295-8522. RSVP will happily help you find your volunteer niche.

For More Information:

Dawn Bernhard at 515-295-8522 or dbernhard@iowalakes.edu

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