To the Editor:

(Madison County, NY – Jan. 2012) On behalf of the RSVP Advisory Council, volunteers and staff, I would like to express sincere thanks to everyone who has generously donated to the United Way of Greater Oneida. Your United Way contribution supports so many worthwhile organizations that have a positive impact on our community.

RSVP, as a United Way recipient, works to strengthen our communities through volunteer services. The mission of RSVP is to match adults age 55 and over with Madison County non-profit organizations in need of volunteers to address critical community needs.

As a result, more than 600 volunteers provided more than 60,000 hours of valuable service last year through RSVP-sponsored programs and dedicated non-profit organizations.

RSVP coordinates and sponsors the annual free tax preparation service for residents over age 60, the Bone Builders Exercise Program, and the Ombudsman Program that advocates for residents in nursing homes.

In addition, we provide support for volunteers to 53 non-profits throughout Madison County. Volunteers are active in the Oneida area as literacy tutors, medical appointment drivers, with the Red Cross, Madison County Historical Society, Oneida Healthcare, OFA’s SNACK program, Victims of Violence hotline and help at special events such as the annual Family Fun Day.

Your support helps RSVP and many area non-profits continue making a positive impact on the quality of life in Madison County. Thank you once again to all donors and the Board of Directors of the Greater Oneida United Way campaign for your ongoing support.

Mary Bartlett, Director, Retired Senior Volunteer Program

By martha

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