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RSVP says thank-you with a holiday party

December 31, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Jefferson County offered a holiday thank-you to its volunteers during a Dec. 14 afternoon party held at the Laurels of Steubenville.

The event included cookies, punch, prizes and holiday music courtesy of the piano talents demonstrated by Delores Wiggins.

There also was a brief skit performed by members of RSVP's drama club - a skit entitled "The Magi's Three Wives." The wives were portrayed by Lillian Kestner, Patricia Butler and Donna Joyce. Ron Boyuk was the waiter of the place where they stopped for lunch.

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Desi Gampolo, left, program manager of the RSVP of Jefferson County, presents some of the items collected for the Neighborhood House Daycare & Preschool to Barb Grant, assistant director.
-- Janice R. Kiaski

This year's service project benefited the Neighborhood House Daycare and Preschool in Steubenville. RSVP volunteers were asked to bring items such as diapers, bibs, baby wipes, plastic sippy cups, crayons, construction paper, washable markers, play dough, children's gloves and hats, Matchbox cars, blocks and puzzles, according to Desi Gampolo, program manager of the RSVP of Steubenville.

She presented what was collected to Barb Grant, assistant director at the Neighborhood House.

"This is just a little holiday thank-you for our volunteers in RSVP in Jefferson County, to say happy holidays, and we appreciate everything you do," Gampolo said.

The RSVP program is for adults age 55 and over to use their life experience and skills to answer the call of their neighbors in need, according to the RSVP website, which lists its vision as "to serve as a bridge between those who need and those who give" with its mission identified as "to engage men and women age 55 and over in meaningful volunteer service to strengthen the well-being of both self and community."

A member agency of the United Way of Jefferson County, RSVP of Jefferson County has its volunteers providing a variety of services, including tutoring, mentoring, food and medication assistance, community cleanups and health care services. They work at sites that include the American Red Cross Jefferson County Chapter, Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, Wayne Elementary School, Wells Academy, Trinity Health System, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Charity Hospice, Urban Mission Ministries, YWCA, Historic Fort Steuben, Tony Teramana Cancer Center and Prime Time Office on Aging.

The RSVP office is located in the Gallery building at 2700 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the office at (740) 346-0771.

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