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SOWEGA Council on Meeting honors RSVP Program

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Albany, Ga -The SOWEGA Council on Aging (COA) will honor seniors who participate in the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) today. The recognition luncheon was held at First United Methodist Church in Albany earlier today.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers are age 55+ and serve at impact stations throughout our community

Over 500 volunteers serve as members of the RSVP group, which are older adults age 55+ who serve in IMPACT stations throughout our community. RSVP service areas include: schools, hospitals, hospice, tax and insurance, Alzheimer’s day care, after school tutoring, soup kitchens, clothing rooms, food distribution centers, Meals on Wheels, churches and more…

Two of the most prominent RSVP groups are the RAMP crew who build over 100 ramps annually for elderly and disabled individuals, and the Teddy Bear Ladies who make an average of 80 bears per week to be distributed to patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

The RSVP program is funded in part by the corporation for National and Community Service, United Way of SWGA, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, and local contributions.

The COA was established in 1966 and works to coordinate a system of services that promote the well-being and independence of older and disabled Georgians, helping them achieve healthy and self-sufficient lives. The organization’s vision is for all seniors and disabled individuals in our 14 county service area to have the resources to live longer, live stronger, and live safer. Over 20 programs and services are delivered through the COA to help older adults in the area.

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