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Residents lauded for volunteer service

Three area residents were honored for their volunteer efforts with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program during a recent ceremony at Logan Acres Care Center during National Volunteer Week.

Jim King of Bellefontaine received the New Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a participant in the Reading Buddies Program, where he portrayed Cat in the Hat while reading to local children.

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Bellefontaine resident Jim King interacts with children at Kids Learning Place during his volunteer time with the Reading Buddies Program. PHOTO | RSVP

The Longest RSVP Service Award went to DeGraff resident Rose Mary Woods for her 27 years of volunteer service, while the Multi-Talented Award was presented to Rolland Williston of Zanesfield, who works with the American Red Cross and the Pajama Program.

Greg Morrow, RSVP Director, thanked the award winners for their dedicated efforts.

Volunteer opportunities
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Logan County has various volunteer opportunities available for those age 55 and older, including the following programs:

• Discovery Riders needs volunteers who love horses and want to help make a difference in the lives of physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals by helping provide new opportunities to learn.
• The American Red Cross is in need of office help such as answering phones, doing data entry, and assisting in other ways. Flexible hours are available Monday through Friday.

For more information, call Greg Morrow at 292-3034 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . RSVP/HandsOn West Central Ohio is a program of Council on Rural Services.

“We know our RSVP volunteers are passionate about their service and dedicated to improving non-profits and people’s lives through engagement in their communities,” he said.

“RSVP in Logan County has volunteers that work with young children to cultivate a love of learning through the Reading Buddies Program, other volunteers that travel to disaster areas to help people just survive during crisis times, and our every day volunteers that deliver meals or answer phones in non-profit offices.

“All of the volunteers are important and fulfill a need that probably can’t be met any other way.”

In RSVP’s four-county service areas, volunteers served 7,921 hours during the past year doing local work in their communities.

The local recognition was sponsored in part by Logan Acres, the United Way of Logan County and Peach Tree Books & Co.

RSVP is seeking volunteers age 55 and older for numerous volunteer opportunities. For more information, call Mr. Morrow at 292-3034 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RSVP/HandsOn West Central Ohio is a program of Council on Rural Services.

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