djy # 76 05/24/12
OCEAN COUNTY RECOGNIZES RSVP PROGRAM
TOMS RIVER - In celebration and recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP),
the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented a proclamation during a May 24 ceremony praising the accomplishments
of the volunteer program.
"I want to recognize RSVP and the 420 volunteers that provided over 40,000 hours of caring service to the community
throughout more than 39 volunteer stations during the last year," said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of the Office
of Senior Services. "I would also like to thank Alisa MacCrate, RSVP Program Director, and Mary Fran McFadden, the Director
of the Ocean County Board of Social Services, and all those individuals that make this program the success that it is."
Volunteers from RSVP focus on needed areas in the county. RSVP has provided assistance in child education, reading programs,
meals on wheels, disaster preparedness, and American Red Cross blood drives.
"I want to personally thank RSVP for providing meaningful opportunities for older adults that in turn provide invaluable
assistance to individuals and agencies across the county in an effort to meet the critical needs of our communities," said
Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Board of Social Services.
Earlier this month the Board of Freeholders proclaimed May as Older Americans month. This year’s theme for Older Americans
Month is "Never too old to Play," which spotlights the important role older adults play in their communities.
"The ‘Never too old to Play’ theme and this year’s celebrations highlight the value that older adults continue to
bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other
activities," Little said.