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Local United Way gets financial boost for RSVP program

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WAUSAU — The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced more than $13.6 million in funding to support senior volunteer service in more than 150 communities across the country, including $60,000 for Marathon County.

Locally, the funding will support United Way RSVP, a program to match people age 55+ with volunteer opportunities across the community. In 2018, more than 545 people participated in RSVP, logging more than 61,250 hours, according to a United Way of Marathon County news release. They served the community at 46 volunteer stations, including hospitals, local nonprofits and schools.

“Retirees and those approaching retirement have a wealth of skills that bring real value to our local agencies,” said Susan Krolow, RSVP director, in the release. “Many of our volunteer stations depend on volunteers to operate. We’re grateful that the CNCS is continuing to fund RSVP locally.

“Volunteering also brings real benefits to the individual volunteer. It’s shown to reduce depression and isolation and improve health.”

To learn how you can volunteer with RSVP, contact Susan Krolow at 715-298-5721.

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