Mayor Waters to recognize senior volunteers

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

PELHAM—As part of the national Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service, Pelham Mayor Gary Waters will recognize the volunteer efforts of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program members in the Pelham community on April 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Founded in 1972, RSVP is the country’s largest volunteer group for individuals aged 55 and over, and with more than 1,000 members, the Shelby County branch is the largest in Alabama.

The Pelham Senior Center includes 23 individuals who donate their time as RSVP members to various groups throughout Pelham and Shelby County, such as Meals on Wheels and the Shelby Medical Center.

Many also help people register for the ADECA Yellow Dot program, which provides basic health information to paramedics in the case of an automobile accident, Pelham Public Library director, Barbara Roberts, said.

“They volunteer anywhere between an hour a week and 10 hours a week,” Roberts said.

Positive Maturity, Shelby County RSVP’s parent organization, reached out to Waters about the work done by Pelham’s RSVP members, Roberts said.

“Mayor Waters was more than happy to recognize them,” Roberts said. “He is very appreciative of their efforts.”

Waters will issue a proclamation recognizing the volunteer work done by Pelham’s RSVP members and there will be a reception at the Pelham Senior Center following the ceremony. For more information, call the Pelham Senior Center at (205) 620-6064.