RSVP stars shine in our community

Our readers need to learn about some shining stars in our community who were honored at an appreciation dinner Thursday night.

Those stars are the participants in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, people who do great work without a lot of fanfare.

In this past year alone, RSVP volunteers performed 44,034 hours of service to the community.

That included, for example, 1,128 rides to medical appointments for 189 seniors who would have struggled to get to see the doctor otherwise.

But the hours were spent in a myriad of other ways, from knitting much welcomed winter items for families in need, to helping at events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, to assisting in bringing veterans to a special fishing event.

It’s estimated that this service was worth more than $1 million to the Marquette County community.

Pretty amazing, don’t you agree?

A long list of organizations RSVP volunteers served was touched upon at the appreciation dinner and service pins were awarded to a number of the volunteers for five, 10, 15, 20 and even 25 years of serving the community.

Two RSVP members received special awards from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which was established in 2003 to recognize the remarkable contributions made by volunteers. The award is given to those who donate 4,000 hours or more of service over a lifetime.

Joining the 70 Marquette County volunteers who already have won the award for this incredible level of service were Ruth Harmon (4,484 hours) and Renae Petrocik (4,209 hours).

Thanks to Julie Shaw, RSVP director, Mary Jo Greenland, RSVP program assistant, and the organization’s advisory council for keeping this amazing program going strong in our community.

Most of all, thank you to all those who step up as volunteers to make this community an even better place to live.

Shine on, you stars.