Mission touted, volunteers sought

Special to the Altus Times

Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group Inc. has a senior assistance arm called RSVP that stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

RSVP is a place where folks who are 55 and older can find meaningful volunteer opportunities, in Jackson, Greer and Harmon counties so they are active in their community, giving of themselves and benefiting socially, mentally and physically from volunteering.

Volunteers with RSVP are knocking on doors with a smile and a greeting, delivering more than just a container of food to an elderly person who may not see another soul all day.

The group is a concerned team of volunteers letting site managers know when an elderly person doesn’t answer the door.

RSVP represents the worried volunteer entering a home in response to a faint cry and calling 911 for an elderly woman who has lain in the hallway floor all night and cannot get up.

Volunteers listen to children read a book, assist in a classroom and mentor with a child.

Members teach adults who are eager to learn English, prepare for the GED or citizenship test to help them get a job or become part of this great nation.

Many transport disabled veterans or elderly folk to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, the post office, the hair dressers or the bank and wait patiently for them.

The group gives respite to caregivers of hospice patients so they can have time to get to the grocery store, pay a bill, or get a prescription, knowing someone is standing in for them with their loved ones.

These volunteers help at the hospital to deliver flowers to a room, give directions to visitors, answer the phone, make a sandwich for a weary family member or help with a purchase for a sick friend or newborn.

It is all that and so much more. RSVP coordinates the volunteers that save communities more than $718,000 a year. These volunteers show that Southwest Oklahoma is a great place to thrive. RSVP partners with many of the programs that help not only the elderly, but people simply not as well off as others. RSVP is “volunteer central” for Southwest Oklahoma and its volunteers are changing lives.

It is easy to find RSVP on the first floor of The Towers Apartments, 101 E. Commerce St. in Altus. The door is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and there is a smile waiting for visitors. But volunteers and sponsors are needed.

To help with a worthy cause that gives as much back to the volunteers as it does to those they help, call 580-482-4141.

Special to the Altus Times

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