Since 2000, WAGS has enjoyed having designation as a Volunteer Station with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  That program, a national program, provides volunteer opportunities for people 55 and over.  Local RSVP chapters throughout the country tap into the talents and skills of their seniors to assist individuals and non-profit organizations that are responding to community needs.
    WAGS's first official RSVP volunteer is V. Elaine (Morris) Proctor.  A native of Poultney, Vermont (with Welsh heritage to Anglesey) and graduate of Green Mountain College, Elaine retired after many years of dedicated employment in Green Mountain College's Griswold Library.  While there she was involved with other staff in the organizing of the Welsh Room Collection in that library.  Since its founding, she has offered considerable assistance to its visitors. Elaine is also a dedicated volunteer to a variety of non Welsh community organizations.
    As an RSVP volunteer, Elaine is able to choose what she will do and how often.  The opportunities offered through RSVP are many and diverse, so WAGS is delighted that Elaine has chosen to volunteer with us.  She will be helping the WAGS home office with its library inventory and working on research requests for WAGS members.
     RSVP is a volunteer program of the Corporation for National Service (CNS).  Created by the U.S. Legislature, the CNS's three major service initiatives are AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and the National Senior Service Corps which includes RSVP, having nearly half a million volunteers aged 55 and older.
    RSVP works to evaluate the impact of volunteers on non-profits' needs and those of the community, and to develop and nurture a collaborative and positive connection between the volunteer, the Volunteer Station, and RSVP.  It's their top priority.  They do so through the talents, time and dedication of senior citizens.
     Local chapters are sponsored by various local organizations and governments and are involved in a variety of volunteer projects.  Rutland Mental Health Services, Inc., a United Way Agency, sponsor the Rutland County, Vermont RSVP program.  In Vermont's Rutland and Addison counties, RSVP, in collaboration with more than 150 non-profit partners, designs and implements a wide variety of programs that address local issues.
    RSVP's goal - To Help You Help Others - blends naturally with the structure and goals of WAGS with volunteer officers and staff.  WAGS is a "member helping member" nonprofit organization.
    WAGS is now 20 years old; Rutland County's RSVP program celebratedits 35th year of service to the Rutland County community in 2008.  Their motto -  "Volunteers Brighten Lives" is a well proven fact.
    For more information about RSVP programs in your area, look over their website - double click on RSVP.

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