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Wanted: someone with the gift of time

Posted by Michele Morgan Bolton  February 12, 2010 11:55 AM

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People over 55 with a little time on their hands are needed to volunteer to help others through the Norfolk County RSVP Program, based in Dedham.

All that's required is kindness and compassion, said recruitment coordinator Elizabeth Larkin, of the program sponsored by the Norfolk County Commissioners. It is affiliated with the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service, one of the nation's largest volunteer agencies.

RSVP volunteers can serve a while range of needs, from reading tutors, emergency preparedness, and meals on wheels deliveries (which are particularly needed) to posts in arts organizations and as friendly visitors for ailing senior citizens.

"We're doing stuff all over the place, from Cohasset to Bellingham,'' Larkin said. "People think they need to give a lot of time but you can do as little as 2 or 3 hours a month."

And, she added, "If there's something you love to do that you want to share? We'll create it."

RSVP Acting Director Jean McLeish stressed that each volunteer act makes a big difference on the quality of life of someone else, and because of their service, volunteers become an integral part of the community.

To become an RSVP volunteer or for more information, contact Larkin at 781-329-5728 or send an email to rsvp@norfolkcounty.org. The Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program is located at 614 High Street, in Dedham. It's website is http://www.norfolkcounty.org.

Bolton can be reached at mmbolton1@verizon.net

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