In a survey released by UnitedHealthcare, a United Health Group company, and VolunteerMatch, it was recently reported that 92 percent of volunteers agree that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life. That was evident on Nov. 5 at the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washoe County annual volunteer recognition luncheon at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno.
RSVP, which has a registered volunteer base of more than 700, is sponsored by the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service as well as Nevada’s Aging & Disability Services Division.
More than 400 volunteers attended the luncheon emceed by Channel 2’s KTVN anchorperson Kristen Remington. This year’s theme was Mardi Gras and all attendees were greeted at the door with colorful beads.
The event’s dynamic keynote speaker, Punam Mathur, Vice President of People Resources at NV Energy, had the crowd waving their napkins in celebration of the 104,000 hours donated by these RSVP volunteers in the past year.
Steve Ladnier, a volunteer at the U.S. Pretrial office was given the Amos Tinkey Volunteer of the Year award and NV Energy was awarded the Elsie Connor Award for Senior Community support.