Volunteers show love to others,
while doing what they love!
Seniors in Service has 747 RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers spread throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County helping Tampa Bay’s nonprofits serve children, seniors, Veterans, and hungry families. Last year this group dedicated 79,801 hours of their time to improve the lives of others.
Jim Archer retired from his career last December and within a month he was struggling to find his new purpose in life. That’s when he heard about Seniors in Service and found the community he needed. Jim enjoys working with kids, and there was a need for a volunteer hall monitor at the middle school near his house. He was eager to help and spent the rest of the school year encouraging students as they walked through the halls. Jim has the mindset that you never know the impact you will have on a child, so he shows up each day ready to be the caring adult every student needs. The students and teachers at Ben Hill Middle School surprised him with this banner to show their appreciation. You can see for yourself from the smile on Jim’s face and the banner of appreciation next to him that volunteering benefits seniors as much as their service benefits the community.
Maurice Lanoutte knows what it means to live a life of service. He served our country in World War II and Korea, and now at 99 years old he’s serving hungry families as he helps his fellow volunteers distribute food at Beth-El Farmworkers Food Pantry in Wimauma.
These volunteers are real life elves who spend their entire year restoring donated toys to like new condition at The Christmas Toy Shop to ensure” no child will be without a Christmas.”
Imagine the relief a parent who can’t afford toys feels when The Christmas Toy Shop helps provides joy on Christmas morning.
Inflation has caused more and more families to struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet, which is why food pantries are so important. Angie and Frieda’s volunteer service helps Florida Food Force provide nutritious food, so no family has to worry about their next meal.