The United Way of East Mississippi gave special thanks to its volunteers yesterday during a recognition luncheon. The volunteers are members of United Way’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program also known as RSVP.
“We have a couple of small little gifts for them. At the same time, we give away the Volunteer of the Year trophy,” said RSVP President Tim Putnam.
RSVP is program that helps retired seniors volunteer in the community. Over 170 retired seniors apart of the program volunteer at more than 40 organizations in the city and county.
“It’s really tailor-made for them. If they want to do two hours a day, a week, a month. If they want to work four hours a day every day for a week, it doesn’t matter. Whatever they want to do, we want them to do it,” said Putnam.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was named in memory of Tom Tabereaux who served as president of RSVP for many years.
“It is such an honor for Tom to be remembered in this way, especially for a program that he loves so much. To know that this will be a continuation that each year his name will be on this award means a great deal to me and our two sons,” said Charlotte Tabereaux, Tabereaux’s wife.
After volunteering over 570 hours at the Wesley House, Daphne Darden received this year’s award.
“It means a lot to me. I enjoy the work at the Wesley House. I enjoy meeting people. I enjoy just communicating with all of the people that work there,” said Darden.