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Herrin House of Hope Encourages Seniors to Volunteer

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Herrin --The Herrin House of Hope is the latest organization to collaborate with the "Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Illinois" through the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging. 

"We are always looking for volunteers 55 and older to help serve within their communities," said Diane Choinski, RSVP Program Coordinator. 

Federal funding allows seniors in the 12 most southern counties of Illinois to volunteer but also get something back in return. 

"Not only choose their organization of where they would like to volunteer but also get reimburse for gas mileage for the month," said John Steve, Director at Herrin House of Hope.

Since partnering about a month ago, nearly a dozen House of Herrin volunteers have decided to join the program. 

"Now these 10-12 individuals, who have signed with RSVP, are dedicated to this ministry, have been here for on-going 5 or six years," said Steve. 

This includes volunteers like Susan Davis, who drives up from Thompsonville every Monday. 

"For round trip that's 46 miles," said Davis. "I didn't even realize that I was driving that far." 

There are also other incentives besides reimbursement for gas mileage. 

"There's definitely life insurance and there is also lunch included," said Steve. 

However, Choinski points out there are other priceless reasons to volunteer, especially for these seniors. 

"If we can get them out just one hour or up to 40 hours a week, their mental and physical health improves immensely," said Choinski. 

That's something Davis can agree with. 

"To me its very fulfilling," said Davis. "Being that I'm retired, especially for retired people, it keeps you going." 

For  more information on the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Illinois click here

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