Everybody kicked up their heels last week as the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Los Alamos Volunteer Association saluted senior volunteers at their annual celebration.
The 1950s-themed celebration brought in 136 seniors, who are just some of the many volunteers who donated more than 50,000 hours to the community.
“The senior centers rely heavily on our volunteers,” said Sarah Chandler, the program director. “I would like to extend a special thanks to those who deliver meals to homebound seniors, support the meal program at the senior centers and run so many of our day to day functions.”
Chandler’s volunteers greet visitors, host exercise classes and even lay out and prepare more than 1,000 copies of the newsletter for mailing every month.
According to Chandler, these people are the very heart of the senior centers. Just last week, Chandler and her band of do-gooders worked to satiate and re-hydrate blood donors across the community at the blood drive. Helpers made sandwiches, refilled drinks and stocked snacks for hungry donors.
The data is captured each quarter and reported to parent organizations, as part of contract requirements. The numbers, like many seniors in the community, make this community hum. “We captured over 50,000 hours served by LAVA/RSVP volunteers,” said Chandler, “but there is no way to measure the incredible force for good they are in our community.”
Chandler hopes to next increase the usability of providing rides to patients for medical appointments. Those wishing to contribute to that project through volunteering or donations can contact her at 662-8923.
Donations can be made to LARSO at 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos , NM 87544 with a notation in the memo line of Ride Scheduler.