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RSVP to offer volunteer support for our community

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What: LeGacy Presents “A Christmas Carol”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

Where: The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

Why: A benefit performance to support the RSVP

Tickets: $25 and can be purchased at The Bookseller, Harmony Books or online at or call RSVP at 271-0255.

I want to talk to you about RSVPing. No, I don’t mean repondez s’il vous plait — what we’re supposed to do when we receive an invitation to an event. I mean responding to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s request for volunteers and to the desire we have to give back.

RSVPing means being part of an organization that gives volunteers the satisfaction of knowing their talents and long years of experience can be put to good use — that their contributions still count. It can mean learning new skills, having new experiences and making new friends.

RSVP recruits volunteers 55 years of age and older and matches their skills and interests with volunteer opportunities.

One of 750 RSVPs around the country, we’ve been in Nevada County for going on 30 years. We are federally funded and are sponsored by Area 4 Agency on Aging.

We’re successful because RSVP’s staff meets one-on-one with potential volunteers to explore their interests, the reasons they are choosing to get involved and time commitment.

Agencies recruit through RSVP because the personal screening and careful matching provide them with volunteers that are the right “fit.”

That tells part of the story, but it is the number of volunteers and organizations who use them that are at the heart of what we do.

Here are some facts:

— In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, more than 500 volunteers contributed almost 88,000 hours to approximately 75 local nonprofits and community agencies.

— Public safety benefited from more than 12,000 of those hours.

— More than 6,700 volunteer hours supported children and family organizations.

— Another 11,380 hours were dedicated to literacy and educating our students

— RSVP volunteers supported our local hospitals and clinics with almost 11,000 hours.

We have a lot of expertise at finding the best fit for volunteers and organizations.

One example of a great match is Eileen P. and the HelpLine Senior Information and Assistance/Telephone Reassurance Program.

She has been volunteering at HelpLine since July and loves it.

Eileen has this to say about her experience: “Volunteers should be flocking to HelpLine. The telephone reassurance calls are the very best part. I get to talk with several homebound seniors each week and get to know them personally over time. That’s fun and gratifying.”

Eileen likes knowing her schedule and that she will be coming in to HelpLine on Tuesday mornings.

RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities. RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve — from a few hours to more than 40 hours a week.

RSVP provides service opportunities for those who want to make a difference in their communities while maintaining the flexibility to decide where and how frequently they serve.

Now that you know about us, we want to invite you to participate in a couple of fundraising events.

First: Tonight, LeGacy presents a benefit performance of the well-loved Dickens’ play “A Christmas Carol” at the Nevada Theatre.

Adapted by Jeffrey Mason, who will play Scrooge, and directed by Susan Mason, the evening starts at 6 with a champagne reception. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The Bookseller, Harmony Books. online at, or call RSVP at 530-271-0255.

Second: Art (and jewelry) Raffle, drawing Dec. 16 (no need to be present). Several of our wonderful artists, like David McKay, Loana Beeson, Mim Meakin, Virginia Holt and Alvin Wright have donated pieces.

Tickets are $2. Drop by RSVP, 471 Sutton Way, Suite 202 (above Incredible Pets), to purchase tickets and view the art.

RSVP needs the support of the Nevada County community so that we can continue to recruit and screen volunteers for nonprofit agencies who are also struggling to stretch their shrinking resources.

Never has there been a greater need for volunteers, who are so crucial to keeping our community vital, healthy, and safe.

Under 55? Visit our new website http://www.volunteer and see many of the opportunities available

So, rsvp to RSVP! Join us at the champagne reception and “A Christmas Carol.” Take part in our art raffle. Give us a call about volunteering (530-271-0255). We look forward to hearing from you.

Sara Morrison is the RSVP project director.

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