Find worth by volunteeringThe Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is a great community service: Many people doing so many good things for those who truly benefit and appreciate the help.
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is a great community service: Many people doing so many good things for those who truly benefit and appreciate the help.
There are more than 30 sites in Douglas County where these generous people are doing good works. The S in RSVP stands for senior, but there are younger individuals; in fact, there are college and high school students involved in volunteer work.
If you haven’t volunteered and wish to explore that option, you can choose where and when you volunteer and the number of hours you wish to participate. Director of RSVP, Jo Nurminen, is located at 1416 Cumming Ave. She is happy to see or hear from prospective volunteers. Interested? Call 715-394-4425 or even better stop by.
Why is it so great? Both the server and the recipient benefit. The receiver is getting the help they need, and the server receives the satisfaction of helping others. As Albert Schweitzer so aptly put it, “You must give some time to your fellowmen (It isn’t just men of course) Even if it is a little thing, do something for others — something you receive no pay but the privilege of doing it.” Krista Tippett said it better in her book, Einstein’s God: “People crave a use in life.”
My interpretation of that meaning is that it isn’t enough in life to just pleasure ourselves; we need to feel that we are doing something worthwhile for our fellow human beings.
The two largest sites with the most volunteers are the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Superior and the Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center.
As stated before, there are several others in the county. Visiting with Jo Nurminen, depending on your interests, experience, skill areas, location, etc., will allow you to choose a site that best fits your wishes.
Another opportunity to volunteer is with Senior Connections. Rhoda Nagarski is the director of the program, sponsored by the Older American Act. The Senior Connections phone number is 715-394-3611, and they are located at 1805 N. 16th St. in Superior. Rhoda says that volunteers for their program are essential.
Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at bernie3024@