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RSVP always in need of more volunteers

High Country RSVP celebrated its 30th birthday last July. Since its creation, hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours have been accumulated in jobs ranging from serving hot nutritious meals to low-income seniors, to cleaning hiking trails, tutoring children and adults, providing free tax assistance, and driving people to doctors’ appointments.

Program Director Kate Somsel-Longmore says there is always room for more volunteers and volunteer stations. So if you would like to get involved and meet some absolutely wonderful people, call 947-8462 and make the best use of your time!

RSVP’s major funder is the Corporation for National Service. Funds are also received from Garfield County, United Way of Garfield County, Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, the IRS, City Market Cares, and individual donors. RSVP is a nonprofit organization and appreciates any donations.



CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheons are held every weekday (except holidays) at various locations in Garfield County. This program is provided through cooperative efforts of Colorado Mountain College, the city of Rifle, Valley View Hospital and Heritage Park Care Center.

On Mondays, the Nutrition Luncheon is held at the New Castle Cafe, on Tuesdays there are two locations, one at the Glenwood Springs Senior Center at the Blake CMC location and another location at the Rifle Senior Center. On Wednesdays the Nutrition Luncheon is held at the Silt Firehouse and at the Parachute Senior Center. Thursdays the luncheon is back at the Rifle Senior Center and Fridays the luncheon is held at both Glenwood Springs and Rifle Senior Centers. The program asks for reservations and cancellations one day in advance. For reservations, please call 625-1366 in Rifle, 945-9117 in Glenwood Springs, 625-1179 in Silt, 285-7216 Monday 9 a.m. to noon only for Parachute, 984-2334 for New Castle, and 945-9117 for Carbondale.



RSVP is conducting a volunteer round-up for volunteer stations, other nonprofit agencies and other organizations during the next two months. This is an opportunity for the community to get to know the human services agencies in their area and to find a new place to share their volunteer time. The dates and places for these events will be Battlement Mesa Activity Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 7, and Glenwood Springs Mall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 20.

New Castle’s Wednesday night dinner is by reservation only. Please call 984-2334. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is held at the New Castle Cafe.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “Nonprofit Spotlight,” appears every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at a Glance

Created: July 1973

Sponsored by: Colorado Mountain College

Volunteers: 529

Ages of volunteers: 55-90+; average age: 74

Total hours of volunteer service for 2003: more than 68,000

Program director: Kate Somsel-Longmore, 947-8462

West End coordinator: Maegean Smith, 285-7923

Donations: Call 947-8462


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