RSVP's 40th Anniversary – A Celebration of Volunteerism

Accepting RSVPís Humanitarian of the Year Award is District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman (right), presented by Michele Spencer Moll, RSVP Executive Director (center) and Ron Gawel, RSVP Board President. Image provided.

On November 6 RSVP of Montgomery County celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a party at Presidential Caterers in East Norriton. The public was invited to celebrate the role of RSVP in our community and learn how volunteerism has impacted our more vulnerable community members in profound ways.

“RSVP’s endurance is due to a number of factors,” reports Michele Spencer Moll, RSVP’s Executive Director, “We have always had the ability to adapt and respond to the changing needs within our community with cutting-edge programs. Our capability to immediately respond with skilled volunteers has put our organization on the front lines and has kept us a vital service-oriented organization.”

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro was the Keynote Speaker for the event. He outlined the importance of volunteers and the savings generated within the community based on their impact.

RSVP presented their Humanitarian of the Year Award to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman to recognize her work on behalf of children and the elderly. Innovative Funder of the Year was awarded to North Penn United Way. Community Impact Through Collaboration was awarded to Montgomery County Aging & Adult Services and the Corporate Citizen’s Award were given to two local corporations: Janssen Biotech and SEI.

RSVP’s impact over their forty year history is impressive:

• Over the 40 years, RSVP volunteers have clocked approximately four million hours, saving the community $54.5M (figure based on the Independent Sector’s value of a volunteer hour.)

• 20,000 children have improved their reading and comprehension skills through children’s literacy programs.

• In the last two years alone, 9,000 Medicare recipients received free, unbiased and accurate information on their health insurance options, in some cases saving beneficiaries thousands of dollars.

• Hundreds of students built lifelong bonds with their mentors, creating trust and consistency in the lives of these at-risk students.

• More than 2,000 homebound seniors were assisted with bookkeeping, shopping, getting to and from doctor appointments while enjoying the company of a kind volunteer.

• Hundreds of area nonprofits were able to expand their operating expertise because of volunteer business executive assistance, allowing these organizations to extend these enhanced services to their communities.

• Nearly 8,000 adults worked with literacy tutors, exposing them to better employment opportunities.

As the organization looks toward the future, a new virtual program has just been launched and is being piloted in the Norristown School District, in collaboration with the classroom teacher, to provide algebra tutors for 9th graders who would benefit from the sessions.

To learn more about the organization please visit www.rsvpmc.org.

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