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Shelby County RSVP Retire to Inspire August 2012 205-669-3837 or

Care Giving – Change of Date On September 6 in the auditorium of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Sharing the Care, Jefferson and Shelby Counties, Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network is holding an open house for legislators. We are encouraging care givers to attend this event to share information and concerns with local legislators. The program is called Care Givers Advocacy Education in Action. The program starts at 9:30 a.m.

Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame The purpose of the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is to bestow honor and recognition upon living Alabama residents who have made outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the lives of older Americans. This is done each year through the annual induction of new members into the Hall of Fame and through the presentation of other categories of awards. To be eligible for permanent membership in the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, a person must be 60 years of age or older and a current resident of the state. In addition to the awards listed below, persons 100 years old and over and couples who have been married for 65 years or more are also recognized at the Annual Awards Presentation. Shelby County RSVP members are honored with two recipients of the award. Josephine Mann, Wilsonville United Methodist Church, is receiving a Special Award. Marvin Copes is receiving Permanent status. Prior recipients inducted into the Hall of Fame include; Frances Helen Lokey Phelps, Statesman; Marvin Copes, Journalism; Mary Ross, Humanitarian; and Cecil W. Lawley, Humanitarian. Award levels include: Permanent, Humanitarian, Journalism, Physician, Health Professional, Religious, Educator, Statesman, Outstanding Senior Citizen, Youth, Honorary, and In Memory of. Congratulations to all the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame winners from Shelby County.

Yellow Dot The Shelby County Yellow Dot program will be conducting Yellow Dot enrollment at the National Night Out, August 7 from 5 – 8 PM at the Alabaster Target. In addition there will be many other exhibits from law enforcement on display. Remember, the first sixty minutes in an emergency, known as the “GOLDEN HOUR”, is critical and gives first responders vital information that may save your life.

Volunteer Opportunities Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch – allows children who are in emotionally stressful situations the opportunity to work with horses that have been rescued from abuse and neglect or are unwanted. By working with horses that have similar backgrounds to their own, children are able to heal emotionally from the scares of their past. Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch has moved to a more central location Highway 119, east of Highway 280. They have joined with the Red Barn Equine Programs of Take the Reins, Rescue Our Children (The Mustard Seed Society) and Saddle Up. Respite - The Shelby County RSVP in Columbiana is seeking volunteer(s) to assist in the promotion of respite care in Shelby County. This could include the development of a list of respite volunteers, development list of caregivers seeking respite help, matching the two groups, and attend respite meetings and events.

SKY – Skilled Knowledgeable Youth – A recently developed 501c3 program to bring the real world into the classroom is being conducted at Calera High School. In this program, students learn valuable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, as well as community service. The students construct basic utility vehicles (BUV) out of raw materials. The students have taken these vehicles to collegiate competition in Indianapolis. The students have also developed a prosthetic leg made from auto parts, a biodiesel hybrid car and an electrathon car. We are looking for a person or persons who can help develop a LOGO for the SKY program to help promote the program opportunities to other youth and schools. _____________________________________________________________________________ _ Look each week for opportunities to volunteer in the Shelby County Reporter’s Lifestyle section under

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Thanks for all you do! People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

2012 08 Newsletter - Shelby County RSVP  

August 2012 Newsletter of the Shelby County, Alabama, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)