Volunteers Receive Flag; Introduce Senior Wheels

By: Brittany Lowe Email
By: Brittany Lowe Email

It's Senior Corps week and the Washington County O'Neil Center gathered area volunteers and officials to honor nearly three hundred Washington County retired senior volunteer program, or RSVP, who help throughout the year.

They help run kitchens, museums, and even the tourist centers and Washington County commissioners say those volunteers make the community what it is today.

"Last year the retired seniors volunteers 48-thousand hours and an independent study says that that is valued at over a million dollars and those are tremendous numbers and make an impact on our citizens here in Washington County," explains Commissioner Time Irvine.

And those volunteers were honored in many different ways. Last year volunteers showed their appreciation to troops over seas.
"They sent me care packages, me and my team of nine, there was quite a few, thirty to forty packages and I brought a flag for them to tell them thank you," says TSGT Mitch Bauerbach.

Waterford native and Air force Technical Sargent, Mitch Bauerbach, wanted to give something back to those who helped him.

"It's something I'm doing myself to thank them, it's not something the military just thanks people for this stuff," says Bauerbach.

And now the RSVP is taking on a new program, adding to their already long list of contributions.

It's called Senior Wheels and it offers transportation for county residents over fifty-five.

"Going to get a hair cut, going to the barber shop, what if a friend passes away and you just want to go to the visitation, or your loved ones in a nursing facility, you'd just get in a car and go and visit, but that's not possible for everybody," explains those with the program.

The program is funded by a one time grant from the Washington County Commissioners.

All drivers go through an extensive training and screenings.

-For more information call O'Neill Center at 740-373-3914, Monday through Thursday 9-1pm.
-Ride is suggested to be $5 but no one who qualifies will be turned down.
-Complete over the phone form.
-Schedule transportation 2 weeks in advance

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