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    32nd Annual RSVP Banquet Honors Dedicated Volunteers

    On September 23, 2006, the Annual Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center. An estimated 920 RSVP Volunteers and guests attended the banquet. Among those present were Mayor John Cook and City Representative Susie Byrd. Mayor Cook presented service awards to 250 RSVP Volunteers. One senior was awarded the 25-Year Service Award and 16 seniors received the 20-Year Service Award. The remaining 233 seniors receiving awards were for 15, 10, and 5 years of service to the RSVP Program.

    The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), administered by the Department of Community and Human Development, has received funding for an additional year in the amount of $27,972 by the Texas Department of Aging & Disabilities. This State funding is approximately 11% of the total RSVP budget. Other funding sources supporting RSVP include $110,000 from the Corporation for National Service; $75,700 from the City's General Fund; and, $30,000 from the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, for a total annual budget of $243,672 to support over 1,700 RSVP Volunteers. Persons 55 years of age or older qualify to enroll as an RSVP Volunteer. Volunteers work with a variety of local organizations providing a community service to the El Paso community.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you need more information about the program, please call 541-4374.

      Mayor John Cook with Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteer of 25 years Gregg Drow. September 23, 2006 at the Convention & Performing Arts Center. Gregg Drow: 25 Year Anniversary with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteering at the El Paso Lighthouse for the Blind.     20 Year Anniversary Volunteers with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program serving throughout the community.

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