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United Way honors senior volunteers for giving helping hands

 Research shows that older adults are the most likely group of people to serve 100 or more hours per year as volunteers. This statistic rings true in Martin County where many local nonprofits benefit from the volunteer service of hundreds of seniors in United Way of Martin County’s RSVP program.
More than 100 of these volunteers were honored for their service during the RSVP volunteer appreciation breakfast held at Mariner Sands Country Club on May 23.  Volunteers who reached the following milestones were presented with awards for their service: 
 
5 Year Award:  Jane Cebelak, Colete Klisky, Elaine McCraw, Bobbie Mascia, Vince Mascia
10 Year Award: Judith Buschmann, Marty Post, Robert Roedl, Gloria Smith, Thomas Vetter
15 Year Award:   Muriel White 
Longest Serving Volunteer: Mim Huffam (24 years of service)
Champion of Service & 2018 Florida Volunteer of the Year:  Betty Mulligan 
 
United Way of Martin County RSVP volunteers provide a value of over $829,000 per year in volunteer services at nonprofit agencies in Martin County.  “The generosity of United Way of Martin County RSVP volunteers is just one of the many reasons our community is such a wonderful place to call home,” said Kathleen Stacey, RSVP director, United Way of Martin County.
Not only does our community prosper from these volunteers, but the seniors themselves reap the benefits of giving back.  Experts say that when seniors are doing good for others they are literally doing good for themselves, boosting their mental, emotional and physical health.  
 
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. The program allows seniors to use the skills and talents they’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within our community.  For more information about United Way of Martin County RSVP, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org.
 
About United Way of Martin County and RSVP
United Way of Martin County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Since 1972, the United Way has been working to create long-term social change and provide support to Martin County residents by investing in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living, improve education and support financial stability. RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts.  RSVP is administered locally by United Way of Martin County.