Posts tagged Senior Corps RSVP

In a Small Town, Under a Big Sky

As we come to the close of Senior Corps Week 2014, we have one more story to share. Under the big sky of Missoula, Montana, Senior Corps volunteers in the RSVP, Senior Companion, and Foster Grandparent programs are coming together to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, help frail veterans and elderly stay independent, and provide one-on-one tutoring for kids. This is their story.

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Rebuilding West

All this week we are honoring Senior Corps volunteers and highlighting the impact they make in communities across the country. In the wake of disaster, hurricanes, tornadoes and explosions, RSVP volunteers are often first on the scene. They help rebuild homes, deliver supplies and run volunteer stations. Such is the case for the town of West, Texas. A few minutes after a devastating explosion ripped through the town, RSVP volunteers were there to help organize volunteers and deliver meals.

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Senior Corps RSVP Volunteer and World War II Vet Still Gives Back

Sarah Styger, an 89-year-old Navy veteran who served in WW II, was honored today at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. where she was joined by the Director of Senior Corps, Dr. Erwin Tan.  She traveled to the memorial with other World War II veterans courtesy of Big Sky Honor Flight, an organization that honors veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial at no cost. Service is important to Sarah. She enrolled in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) at age 21 after hearing about the number of men who died in the Battle of the Bulge. “I have always loved my country. I wanted to give back and help in some small way.” Sarah was raised on a farm where helping your neighbor was a way of life. “I was taught at an early age that we need to come together and help each other out.” She enrolled in RSVP in 1989 in Billings, Montana where she has served in multiple RSVP placements over the past 25 years including working for Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, Pompey’s Pillar National Monument, and the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce. She received the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award in 2012. At age 89, she still serves as an RSVP volunteer with Billings Head Start.

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