Volunteer program joins Community Action

  • Bennett-Jacobs

  • Higgins

Staff Writer
Published: 7/10/2019 6:06:45 PM

GREENFIELD — The largest volunteer program in the Pioneer Valley has found a home with the area’s largest anti-poverty organization.

RSVP, formerly known as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, will now operate under the umbrella of Community Action. The decision was made after the Hampshire Council of Governments, of which RSVP was a program, announced it was closing its doors for good.

“We’re excited that RSVP is joining Community Action,” Executive Director Clare Higgins said. “We have a shared focus on serving our communities, and we look forward to expanding and deepening connections with RSVP volunteers, as well as strengthening services in collaboration with our community partners across the valley.”

Each year, RSVP coordinates more than 600 volunteers ages 55 and older who provide the equivalent of $3 million in service to more than 60 Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden county nonprofit organizations.

Community Action serves more than 27,000 people each year through fuel assistance, Head Start and Early Head Start children’s education and care programs, youth and family support, financial counseling, food pantries and more.

“RSVP and Community Action are an ideal match,” said RSVP Director Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs. “RSVP has partnered with Community Action for more than a decade, providing volunteers for a variety of Community Action’s essential programs.”

Bennett-Jacobs said RSVP is looking forward to deepening its relationship with Community Action as they work together to strengthen the fabric of the community.

For more information about RSVP and volunteer opportunities, call 413-387-4558 or visit rsvppv.org.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.

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