On April 12, 2019, over 125 United Way of Martin County volunteers in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) from 15 Martin County nonprofit agencies gathered to celebrate their volunteer efforts at Mariner Sands Country Club.
Inspiration and praise was provided by Denise Ehrich, United Way Board President and Jane Cebelak, United Way of Martin County Martin Volunteers Advisory Council President. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the United Way RSVP Program in Martin County, the menu had popular items from 1989 including plenty of balloons, cake and ice cream.
The following awards were presented:
- 5 Year Award: Arthur Boinay, Walter Keller, Karen Knott, Jan Leitch, Don Martin, Keith Quintavalle and Frank Tidikis
- 10 Year Award: Yvonne Beggs and Anne Pearl
- 15 Year Award: Karen Bradshaw and Eric Kiehn
Male Vintage Award: Walter Keller
Female Vintage Award: Cookie Nelson
Longest Volunteer: Mim Huffam
A special presentation was made to Carol Hodnett honoring her 29 years of service at United Way as she will retire in June.
In 2018, 58,789 hours were donated by RSVP volunteers that were recorded by United Way’s RSVP Program totaling $1,495,004 in value in assisted services at nonprofit agencies in Martin County in specific work plans. RSVP is a program of the Corporation for Nationanal and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and is administered locally by United Way of Martin County.