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(ran CI edition)

Thank you, Citrus County, for caring!

My office is starting to get busy again. We are getting calls from teenagers to seniors all over the county asking for information on where they can do volunteer work.

One question I have been asked several times recently: "I'm not 55; can I still volunteer?" Of course you can. The many agencies throughout the county will take volunteers almost any age.

We at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will talk to and give information to anyone. Those who are 55 and older can receive free benefits through the RSVP program. The only thing that RSVP asks in return is that you volunteer at one of the nearly 100 sites registered with us. The volunteer sites will tell us how many volunteer hours you work per month. It's that simple!

RSVP wants to get more people in the community doing volunteer work. Through our government grant, we are able to give free benefits to people age 55 and older. We now have more than 450 volunteers age 55 to 94 working throughout the county.

We are trying to get volunteers for:

Adult Literacy, American Red Cross, Avante, Barrier Free Committee, Barrington Place, Beverly Hills Library, Blind Americans, Boys & Girls Club, Brentwood in the Meadow;

Camp E-NINI-HASSEE; CASA, Central Florida Community College, Childhood Development Services, Children's Home Society/Family Builders, Citrus Community Blood Bank, Citrus County Fair Association, Citrus County Family Resource Center, Citrus County Animal Control, Citrus County Division of Housing, Citrus Health & Rehab Center;

Citrus High School, Citrus Historical Society, Citrus Springs Elementary, Citrus United Basket, City of Crystal River, Coastal Museum, Coastal Region Library, Commodity Distribution in Crystal River and Inverness, Community Care for the Elderly, Congregate Dining/Home Delivered Meals;

Countryside Manor, Crystal River Chamber of Commerce, Crystal River Geriatric Center, Crystal River Middle School, Crystal River Primary School, Cypress Cove Care Center;

Daystar Life Center, Deaf Services of Citrus County, Driver's License Division of Crystal River and Inverness, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Floral City Library, Florida Center for the Blind, Florida Multiple Sclerosis Inc., Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch;

Girl Scouts, Guardian Ad Litem, Habitat for Humanity Inc., Heritage Health Care Center, Hernando Elementary School, Hernando Library, Homosassa Library, Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, Homosassa Springs Chamber of Commerce, Hospice, Housing Assistance Foundation, HRS _ Aging and Adult Services plus Children and Family Services;

Inverness Club, Inverness Primary School, Key Training Center, Lakes Region Library, Lakeview School, Lecanto High School, Lecanto Primary School, Life Care Center of Citrus County;

Marine Science Station, Marion Citrus Mental Health, Parks and Recreation, Parole and Probation, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Public Health Units in Lecanto and Crystal River, Rock Crusher Elementary;

Senior Citizen Centers in Lecanto and Inverness, Seven Rivers Community Hospital, SHINE Program, Sugarmill Manor, Surrey Place, Salvation Army, Starthrower Foundation, Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, and the Withlacoochee Technical Institute.

The list is still growing as we visit more sites that are asking for volunteer help.

If you are 55 or above, please come by our office in the Lecanto government complex or call 746-7777. We can put you in touch with a wide variety of volunteer jobs, plus tell you the benefits of volunteering through RSVP.

Don Adair is director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Citrus County. You can write him c/o Seniority, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

TO VOLUNTEER:

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): 746-7777

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