The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

November 17, 2013

United Way: Whole community benefits through RSVP volunteers

Programs include financial literacy, disaster service, river cleanup

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Volunteering with the early education program during the Blast off to Kindergarten events is one of her favorite avenues of assistance.

“I do like to see the children come in and get excited about coming to school,” said Hamilton, retired from Anaconda Wire and Cable. “I hope I can keep on volunteering for a good long time yet.”

“We want to tap into the talent of those of retirement age and make sure they don’t lose their connection to the community,” said Kim Rogers-Hatfield, vice president of operations at United Way. “They are a great age group to work with and we have a structured program for them to connect to.”

She also mentioned that being 55 years old doesn’t always mean an individual is retired and those in that age group don’t particularly want to be called seniors. Nevertheless, members of the 55+ age category typically have fewer demands on their time, as their children have been raised.

“This federal program has been going for over 30 years and the funding is tied to the SeniorCorps program,” said Rogers-Hatfield. “But this is a good partnership for us because the corporation has six focus areas that directly correlate to the United Way’s focus. We are benefited and the whole community has benefited.”

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