A $1,000 donation in support of the Aroostook Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was made recently by Katahdin Trust Company.

Diane Green(center), Vice President, Branch Manager and Retail Services Officer at Katahdin Trust presented Joy Barresi Saucier(left), Aroostook Agency on Aging Executive Director; and Judy Anderson(right), Aroostook RSVP Director with the $1,000 donation.

Aroostook RSVP is a federally sponsored volunteer program and is part of a national network of over 500,000 volunteers and 775 projects. Aroostook RSVP’s mission is to meet community needs through rewarding volunteer experiences.  RSVP recruits people age 55 and older to put their skills and life experience to volunteer and help meet community needs. The Aroostook Agency on Aging is the local sponsor and site of RSVP.

In 2017, RSVP volunteers in Aroostook County contributed over 60,000 hours of volunteering.  They volunteer throughout the County, including partnerships with many non-profits and numerous Agency on Aging programs, such as Meals on Wheels, Medicare Part D clinics, Money Minders, and Senior Fraud and others.  RSVP volunteers assist at local food pantries and thrift stores; they also provide friendly visiting, medical transportation, and instruct Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Bone Builder classes.

Anderson stated “We are very pleased with the continued and generous support of Katahdin Trust Company as our sole corporate sponsor in support of our volunteers.   Our volunteers are very devoted and generous with their time and talents. They give so much back to their community.  Support from Katahdin Trust enables us to continue with our program and to offer a yearly recognition event to the volunteers.”

“It is a privilege for Katahdin Trust to participate in this program,” shares Green. “Our county is one of the oldest in the nation and Aroostook RSVP is more important than ever. The opportunity for our seniors to have a variety of volunteer experiences is not only important for their well-being but the well-being of the many organizations in which they serve.”

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