Giving back to the community

By Mary Esparza, -

Every community faces social needs, and city and county leaders are turning to national service as a cost-effective way to meet many local needs. City of Altus Mayor Jack Smiley joins the nationwide effort to recognize the impact of these services by issuing a proclamation declaring April 5 as National Service Recognition Day.

Altus has more than 75 RSVP Senior Corps volunteers, providing vital support by delivering Meals on Wheels to home-bound residents, preparing taxes for low-income families, preparing for disasters, assisting veterans with transportation and claims, teaching adults and children to improve literacy, helping with food drives and much more.

In 2015, Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) made it possible for 195 seniors to live independently. They saved 390 taxpayers $77,712 in tax preparation fees and made it possible for under-served neighbors to receive $510,654 in federal and state funds.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the of the corporation for national and Community Service said, “County officials and mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first hand the value of national service in tackling local problems.”

Jackson, Greer and Harmon Counties are served by the RSVP Program. If you would like to participate or volunteer, contact Kelly Baker, RSVP Director at 580-482-4141.

By Mary Esparza,

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext 2077

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext 2077

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