SUSANNAH JOHNSON MALBREAUX, PROJECT DIRECTOR
Ph: (337) 234-3272, Ext. 252
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – known as RSVP – traditionally has helped people, age 55 and older, find service opportunities in their home communities. But now the program is reaching out to Baby Boomers — even younger — who are interested in volunteering their time in Lafayette Parish.
With volunteers logging hundreds of hours a month, the program is indeed providing community service. Volunteers are placed at work stations, which range from local hospitals and nursing homes to the Lafayette Regional Airport.
The volunteers are matched with their personal interests and experience, and able to utilize their skills and lifelong experiences.
“CONNECTIONS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING” EXPO
The program also joined community partners in sponsoring the annual “Connections for Independent Living” Expo, in which hundreds of seniors receive invaluable information and health screenings. The SMILE program, which draws more than 600 seniors, families and their caregivers, is responsible for coordinating the event.
RSVP is guided by its Advisory Council composed of local concerned citizens representing every walk of life. The Council meets bi-monthly to coordinate and help with upcoming activities.
The program is funded by the National Senior Service Corps and La. Workforce Commission (CSBG — Community Services Block Grant).