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RSVP honors volunteers

About 55 RSVP volunteers from throughout Becker County attended an appreciation luncheon at M State in Detroit Lakes on Monday. Sandy Gunderson of Becker County Environmental Services gave a presentation on recycling as part of the “green”-themed event. SUBMITTED PHOTO

On Thursday, March 17, 55 RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers were treated to a recognition event in Detroit Lakes to celebrate their contributions in their Becker County communities.

The Adventist Community Service Center Thrift Store, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Crossing, Lamplighter Manor Exercise Group, Let’s Go Fishing, Becker County Food Pantry, and Lake Park Exercise Group were just some of the volunteer stations that were represented at the event. 

The day included many “green” themes to go with the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, including Sandy Gunderson from Becker County Environmental Services speaking to the group about the importance of recycling; lunch followed by a “green” dessert; and bingo for “green” prizes.

RSVP, which is a part of the Senior Corps, is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older; it is federally administered and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.   RSVP locally is sponsored by Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership and serves Becker, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena, and Wilkin counties in Minnesota.

Funding is also received through grants provided by the Minnesota Board on Aging and the United Way of Becker County.

To learn more about RSVP and local volunteer opportunities, please contact Amy Dallmann or Karen Lenius at Mahube-Otwa CAP by calling 218-847-1385.