Shelby County RSVP Retire to Inspire February 2010 Your efforts and the efforts of your volunteers have helped the Shelby County RSVP grow to new records. At this time we have 747 volunteers and 97 volunteer stations. Our volunteers logged 33,299 volunteer hours in December and 184,252 volunteer hours for the year. YOU CONTINUE TO SET RECORDS! Thanks for all your help and helping the needs of the community. Please share this information with your volunteers. Because of financial restrictions we are not able to do mass mailings to our volunteers. Our newest volunteer station is Southern Care Hospice and Somerby at St. Vincent’s and One Nineteen. Somerby offers numerous opportunities at and through their independent and assisted living facility. Remember our pledge to Reggie Holloway, Shelby County Manager of Community Service, concerning our pledge to the United States Census 2010. Why the Census Matters to Shelby County? • The census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years. • The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. • The next census is in 2010. • Your participation in the census is required by law. • It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. • Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.
Congress uses census data to allocate funds under various federal grant programs to state and local governments. If a community's population is undercounted in the census, these funds get misallocated for an entire decade. What are some things that are impacted by census data? The Shelby County RSVP office will try to send a newsletter out each month in order to keep our volunteer stations informed of activities. Bernice Griffith is volunteering and will be assisting with mailings and data. I am also looking for others to assist with telephone follow up. AWARE (Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees) is a career counseling program designed for clients age 50 or older.