Posted: Apr 9, 2013 5:07 PM by Judy Slate
Bozeman Mayor Sean Becker made a stop today at the Bozeman Senior Center to celebrate the first-ever Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. He helped volunteers of the RSVP Handcrafters celebrate 35 years of service. The group handcrafts everything from blankets to hats that are either given away or sold to raise money for local charities. Mayor Becker learned how to tie a knot on a quilt and then handed each lady a rose. "If you look at these ladies and what they are doing they are a tremendous asset to our whole community and really are reflective of the community spirit." said Mayor Becker.
Many of the Handcrafters are also RSVP volunteers, a Human Resources Development Council program that pairs volunteers over the age of 55 with local non-profits. Last year RSVP had 556 active volunteers serving 86 community partners with 74,112 hours served.
And, it's not just the community that benefits. Volunteer Meredith Lewis became an RSVP volunteer at the suggestion of her physician. "It's changed my life... it's a continuing learning experience, it makes you healthy, you feel healthier, you feel that you're really part of the community. It's a wonderful thing to volunteer." said Lewis.
For more information about RSVP click here.