Hollingsworth honors RSVP volunteers

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth met with a group from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program on Tuesday to issue and sign a proclamation recognizing RSVP members and volunteers serving in Pine Bluff.

The event was one of many held across the United States on Tuesday under the banner of Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service.

“RSVP from my understanding is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation made up of citizens aged 55 and up,” Hollingsworth said in a conversation after the event. “The RSVP volunteers are able to dictate their own schedule and take the experience and knowledge they have gained from working and serving and apply it to different programs.”

Hollingsworth said the volunteers are involved in mentoring and home remodeling among other activities.

“They are able to pay it forward and get to do things on the leisure of their schedule,” Hollingsworth said.

The Mayor’s Day of Recognition initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is intended to highlight the impact of national service programs in tackling local problems and to thank national service members for their commitment and impact.

Hollingsworth said the 2014 RSVP Luncheon and Awards Banquet will be held at noon April 11 at First United Methodist Church.