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By Todd Cohen

CARTHAGE, N.C. — The Carthage-based Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Moore County has recruited more than three-dozen volunteers since June, and is looking for more.

“This is a transient area,” says Peggy Morris, director. “We always need volunteers.”

The agency, an affiliate of the National Service Corps that is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Moore County, was formed in 1987 and matches people age 55 and older with 30 local agencies.

In the fiscal year ended June 30, more than 350 RSVP volunteers contributed 26,270 hours to local agencies, says Morris, who joined the organization in May after serving as regional marketing manager in the San Diego office of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, where she promoted the services of 65 retired judges and lawyers who were mediators and arbitrators.

Volunteers, for example, deliver meals to homebound people for Meals on Wheels of the Sandhills and for the county department of aging. They also greet newcomers to the community at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. And they work in Moore Regional Hospital at a variety of assignments, from its cancer center and business office to in-patient and out-patient registration.

Volunteers receive benefits such as supplemental insurance, reimbursement and tax deductions for travel mileage while volunteering, membership to the Local Government Employees Credit Union, and a discount card for local businesses.

Participating agencies train volunteers and agree to provide them with meaningful responsibilities.

Morris says she plans to hold a fundraising event next April, possibly a fishing derby, as part of National Volunteer Month.

Advising RSVP of Moore County is an advisory council chaired by Joann Baker, retired volunteer coordinator for St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines.

For information, call 947.6395. People wanting to volunteer also can visit the county government web site at http://www.moorecountync.gov/, and type “volunteer” into the “Find It” box at the upper right.

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