4imprint, LLC

This is a great story.

-Cheryl

 

The RSVP volunteers hold custom screen-printed tote bags purchased with a one by one® grant.The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Rock County, Wis., is connecting people 55 and older with volunteer opportunities in their region. Custom screen-printed tote bags help thank volunteers while spreading the word about the organization itself.

RSVP of Rock County allows seniors to give back through intergenerational activities, like volunteering at after-school programs and folk fairs for children, working at food pantries, visiting isolated individuals, serving on boards of directors and much more.

“Some of them are just so excited to do things. I have people that volunteer in their home, who can’t get out to do anything anymore. They’ll call and visit with people. So even people who are homebound get to do something,” explains Patty Hansberry, Seniors Volunteering for Seniors Coordinator for the RSVP of Rock County.

As one of many RSVP chapters throughout the state of Wisconsin, the Rock County organization has more than 500 active volunteers, who are showing no signs of slowing down.

“From an administrative standpoint, we are always looking at our base of volunteers. And this program is for people 55 and older, and when I first came 14 or 15 years ago the mean age was 78,” explains Bob Harlow, executive director of the RSVP of Rock County. “The mean age now is about 75 and what that tells me is we’re able to recruit younger volunteers, which I think is good for the longevity of the program.”

While older volunteers tend to move toward ongoing task-based work, newer volunteers seem to be looking for professional, one-time opportunities, like serving on boards. “I think both of those sets of volunteers get a sense of fulfillment out of being productive and overall improving the quality of life of folks in the communities,” says Harlow.

As a recipient of a 4imprint one by one® grant, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Rock County ordered screen-printed tote bags as volunteer appreciation gifts. They handed out the bags at their 45th volunteer recognition dinner. RSVP selected the Pisces Pocket Tote, which not only helps volunteers carry the books and pens they need to do their work, but also promotes their organization.

“We gave them out at the end of the night,” explained Hansberry. “The volunteers that come in now talk about how nice they are to have, and that they really appreciate them.”

 

To read more stories like this one, check out Cheryl’s blog.  If you’d like to learn more about 4imprint’s one by one program, visit our website at onebyone.4imprint.com.

Submit your review
1
2
3
4
5
Submit
     
Cancel

Create your own review

Cheryl Sina

Cheryl is a Corporate Giving Specialist and has been with 4imprint 16 years. Cheryl writes about and celebrates the special, world-changing work of the nonprofit organizations selected to receive grants from 4imprint’s one by one® Charitable Giving Program.

Read More by: Cheryl

Hot Products

Shop 4imprint's Hottest Products!

Shop Now

Sale Products

Shop 4imprint's Sale Products!

Shop Now

New Products

Shop 4imprint's Newest Products!

Shop Now

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *