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55 & G0 VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
By PATTY MEFFORD 02 23 18 C-T

What is 55 & Go?
55 & GO (Formerly RSVP) is a Volunteer Program that provides volunteer opportunities for persons age 55+. The purpose of 55 & GO is to enrich your life through significant community service work. 55 & GO encourages you to bring your talents, experiences, skills and hobbies to community projects and organizations needing volunteer assistance. The local 55 & GO, which began in September of 1973, is sponsored by Concerned Citizens for the Community, Inc., a non-profit organization through which all funding and donations are received.

WHO CAN BE AN 55 & GO VOLUNTEER?
Any man or woman 55+ who wants to share the benefits of their experiences is eligible. There are no restrictions based on education, income, race, color, creed, sex, handicap or experience. Anyone who wants to feel useful, needed, and appreciated will profit from becoming a part of the 55 & GO network.

55 & GO FITS YOUR SCHEDULE
55 & GO strives to maintain flexibility in the scheduling of assignments. There is no minimum number of service hours. Assignment hours vary according to the needs of the agencies, but you may select an assignment that suits your schedule. We realize that you may have plans to do things that might conflict with your volunteering. If you want to alter your volunteer work schedule due to conflicting plans, just notify your station and the 55 & GO Office in advance.

WHAT DO 55 & GO VOLUNTEERS DO?
55 & GO Volunteers serve, without pay, on community assignments at museums, hospitals, libraries, senior centers, social service agencies, nursing homes, schools, and many other nonprofit organizations. They visit shut-ins, assist in the delivery of Mobile Meals, and work with children and youth. They act as office workers, tutors, and volunteer coordinators. Some provide services to seniors.

55 & GO Volunteers serve on a wide variety of community boards and have been responsible for several pilot programs developed in Livingston County. They use their skills in journalism, law, health, education, and many other areas to benefit our county. A number of Livingston County 55 & GO Volunteers have served and currently serve on local, county, and state boards.

REPORTING HOURS
Volunteers report their hours on a monthly basis, usually through the volunteer station. Many volunteers serve in more than one capacity. Crediting your volunteer hours to different groups is perfectly OK. Suppose you are a hospital volunteer, a retired teacher, and also a member of 55 & GO. Each organization needs to know how many hours you gave for its purposes. So, if you are a part of several volunteer groups, support them by reporting your hours faithfully to each one and then reporting your total hours to 55 & GO.

You may not be aware that you can turn the time you spend doing a wide variety of things into us. Of course you should turn the hours you spend working for any of our official 55 & GO Stations (listed below). You can also turn in time you spend helping an elderly neighbor, visiting anyone at a nursing home, telephoning an elderly person to check on them, time you spend as a member of a service club or organization, any nonpaid service you do for a public or private non-profit organization or proprietary health care facility, and work you do through your church except preaching and teaching.

Official 55 & GO Stations: 55 & GO Joy Toys, Office & Tax Preparation, American Legion, Baptist Home, Bishop Hogan School, Chillicothe Commerce Center, Chillicothe Correctional Center, Chillicothe R-II Schools, Concerned Citizens, Grand River Area Family YMCA, Grand River Historical Society, Grand River Multi-Purpose Center, Hedrick Medical Center, House of Prayer Rescue Mission, Indian Hills, Litton Ag Campus, Livingston County Victims Advocate, Livingston County Health Center, Livingston County Library, Livingston Manor, Meadville School, Missouri Career Center, Mobile Meals, Morningside Center, North MO Center for Youth & Families, Operation Help, Serve Link Home Care, Threads Thrift Store, and VFW.

To learn more about 55 & GO, give us a call at 660-646-0010, stop by and see us at 440 Locust Street in Chillicothe, or send an email to rsvpchilli@gmail.com. Patty Mefford is the director of the 55 & Go Volunteer Program, formerly RSVP, in Livingston County.

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ARCHIVED NEWS

Senior Citizens Group Dissolves, March 8, 2016

RSVP Office Relocated 
Constitution-Tribune
August 13, 2010


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The RSVP offices and Mobile Meals opened at their new location at 440 Locust Street (the former Senior Center) today, and Director Patty Mefford (standing) and Administrative Assistant Theresa Figg (seated) were busy getting settled into their new home.

More changes will be coming at the new RSVP center in the near future. Joy Toys, which provides toys for children in need at Christmastime and which has operated primarily out of the basement of the building, will move most of its inventory upstairs and into the south side of the building next week. The clothing store, Threads, operated through RSVP, will be moving to the north side of the building at a later date as its current lease expires at the end of October.

The Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri owns the building and leased it to the sponsoring organization for RSVP for offices and its projects.


CT Photo / Brittany Tutt
RSVP volunteer, Betty Mumpower, helps senior citizens do their taxes during tax season at the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center through RSVP.

JOY TOY PROJECTS

Joy Toys Project Helps Over 400 Local Children (2015)
By Brittany Tutt
December 14, 2015

CAPTION: Joy Toys is a project through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) that helps locals in need obtain gifts for Christmas to give to their children or grandchildren. There are about 20 Joy Toy volunteers that fix up donated, used toys all year-long in preparation for the holiday season. Those volunteers distributed toys last week. 472 children were given toys.


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

When the doors opened Tuesday morning, December 8, 2015, for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Joy Toy Project, the toy room of the RSVP Center was filled with toys too numerous to be counted. When the doors closed after Thursday night, toys had been given to 128 families with a total of 472 children who might otherwise have had a disappointing Christmas. Joy Toys is a program of RSVP that assists local families during the holiday season in gift giving for their children and grandchildren. New and used toys are donated to Joy Toys to help families in need and are fixed up and repaired by Joy Toy volunteers all year round. There are about 20 volunteers total according to Patty Mefford, RSVP director. Mefford said the poverty level is high in Chillicothe and a lot of families struggle during the holiday season. That's where Joy Toys makes a difference. Families seeking assistance can make an appointment to shop at Joy Toys through the RSVP office located at 440 Locust Street. Individuals shop using points. Each toy is marked either one point, two points or three points. Everyone is given a certain amount of points to spend, free of charge. There is no income criteria for those wanting to shop at Joy Toys. Mefford wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of RSVP to all those people in the community who gave their time, money, batteries, bikes and toys to make this year's project such a success, including numerous businesses, schools, clubs, organizations, churches, families and individuals. The businesses Mefford knows helped out this year include: the Constitution-Tribune, Country Carpets and Furniture, Dollar General and Washington St. Food & Drink Company. Schools, churches, and organizations in which Mefford knows helped include: Boy Scout Troop 120, Braymer United Methodist Church, Chillicothe R-II Schools, Chillicothe United Methodist Pre-School, Community Options, Central School, Dewey School, Field School, Double H 4-H Club, First Baptist Church, Grand River Technical School Business Leadership Class and Career Independence Class, Tiger Den 3. Mefford also thanked all the volunteers including Joy Toys two Volunteers-in-Charge, Arolene Crowe and Jim Hinrichs; Norma Booker; Joyce Cole; Ray Cothern; Darlene Lee; John Meyer; Linda Meyers; Kay Potter; Ella Robinson; Lucille Seifert; Ruth Ann Steele; Peggy Switzer; Mary Turner; and Sarah Walker. A huge thank you goes to all the unnamed and unknown individuals, families, businesses, and groups who gave in so many ways to this year's project. The RSVP Joy Toy Project is really the whole community working together in the true spirit of Christmas.

2014 RSVP Joy Toy Project
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
12 12 14 CT

CAPTION: Volunteers have been working hard gathering, cleaning, and preparing new and gently used bikes and toys for distribution to local families to give as gifts for their loved ones. There were 130 families with 595 children who visited the RSVP Joy Toy Project room during one of six sessions.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

When the doors opened Monday afternoon for the RSVP Joy Toy Project, the RSVP Joy Toy Project room of the Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri, building was filled with toys too numerous to be counted. When the doors closed after Thursday morning, they had all been given to 130 families with a total of 595 children, who might otherwise have a disappointing Christmas. "A big thank you goes to all those people in our community who gave of their time, money, and toys to make this year's project such a success: numerous businesses, schools, clubs, organizations, churches, and individuals," said RSVP Director Patty Mefford. Among businesses assisting were the Constitution-Tribune, Country Carpets and Furniture, KCHI Radio, Washington Street Food & Drink Company, The Wave Radio, and Zito Media. Among the schools, churches, and organizations known to have helped were Central School, Chillicothe Middle School, Dewey School, Field School, Girl Scout Troop 953, Grand River Technical School Health Service Technology Class, Senior Citizens of Livingston County Missouri, United Methodist Pre-School, Wheeling Happy Harvesters, and family and friends in tribute of Jaylyn Marie Eckert. "Volunteers of all ages have put in many hours of service to meet this critical human need in our community," Mefford said.

The group of RSVP volunteers working on the project include: Volunteer-in-Charge of Toys: Arolene Crowe, and Volunteers-in-Charge of Bikes: William Angel and Ray Cothern; Frances Beck, Norma Booker, Joyce Cole, Alvina Fullerton, Marlys Hagen, Annabelle Horton, Louise Huston, Darlene Lee, Betty McNally, John Meyer, Linda Meyers, Kay Potter, Clara Ratliff, Susan Reeter, Ella Robinson, Lucille Seifert, Rosie Smith, Peggy Switzer, Sarah Walker, and Frances Wilson. "A huge 'thank you' goes to all the unnamed and unknown individuals, businesses, and groups who gave in so many ways to this year's project," Mefford said. "The RSVP Joy Toy Project is really the whole community working together in the true Spirit of Christmas." There were six sessions of toy distributions and this year's numbers were down slighlty from last year's 162 families with 670 children participating.

2013 RSVP Joy Toys Provides Toys for 670 Children
December 16, 2013
C-T / Calli Price

CAPTION: Joy Toy volunteers prepared to open the doors of the Community Room at the Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri building Monday, Dec. 9. The Joy Toy project provided 162 local families and 670 children with toys for Christmas.


C-T Photo / Calli Price

The RSVP Joy Toy project opened Monday, Dec. 9, in the Community Room of the Senior Citizens of Livingston County, Missouri building. The room was filled to the brim with toys, but when the doors closed Thursday, December 12, the room was empty. All toys were given to 162 families with a total of 670 children who may have had a disappointing Christmas otherwise.

Patty Mefford, RSVP director, said that the RSVP Joy Toys project was a success due to the people of the community who donated their time, money and toys to the project, including businesses, schools, clubs, organizations, churches and individuals. Groups that helped include: American Postal Workers Union, Braymer Churches, Chillicothe Bunco Club, Chillicothe Correctional Center Restorative Justice Program, Chillicothe R-II Schools, Chillicothe Eagles Club, FCCLA-Trenton, Grand River Technical School Health Service Technology Class, Senior Citizens of Livingston County Missouri, United Methodist Pre-School, XI Alpha Kappa Chapter-Beta Sigma PHI, the Constitution-Tribune, Country Carpets and Furniture, KCHI Radio and Zeto Media Cable Television.

Mefford also said volunteers of all ages put in many hours of service to meet this critical human need in the community. The group of RSVP volunteers working on the project include: Our two Volunteers-in-Charge Arolene Crowe and William Angel, Laureen Angel, Norma Booker, Joyce Cole, Ray Cothern, Eileen Fowler, Alvina Fullerton, Marlys Hagen, Annabelle Horton, Louise Huston, Darlene Lee, Betty McNally, John Meyer, Linda Meyers, Kay Potter, Clara Ratliff, Susan Reeter, Ella Robinson, Lucille Seifert, Rosie Smith, Miriam Stelplugh, Peggy Switzer, Sarah Walker and Frances Wilson.

In addition to the individuals and groups named above, Mefford said there are unnamed and unknown individuals and groups who also helped that she would like to thank for giving to this year's project. "The RSVP Joy Toy Project is really the whole community working together in the true spirit of Christmas," Mefford said.

RSVP, Community Spread Holiday Cheer
Published: Thursday, December 11, 2008, C-T

CAPTION: Dolls, toys, bikes and stuffed animals were among hundreds of items distributed this week as part of the RSVP Joy Toys program. Individuals, businesses and organizations in the community donated items, money and time to the program which provides children's Christmas gifts to families in need. Here are many of the RSVP volunteers who prepared the donated items for distribution. The program assisted 171 families with 731 children. Last year, there were 135 families participating in the program which involved gifts for 545 children.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

When the doors opened Monday evening for the RSVP Joy Toy Project, the community room of the Senior Citizens of Livingston County building was filled with toys too numerous to be counted. When the doors closed after Thursday morning, they had all been given to 171 families with a total of 731 children, who might have otherwise had a disappointing Christmas. The number is up this year compared to last year with 135 families with a total of 545 children being assisted.

"A big 'thank you' goes to all those people in our community who gave of their time, money, and toys to make this year's project such a success: numerous businesses, schools, clubs, organizations, churches, and individuals," said RSVP director Patty Mefford.

Businesses known to have helped: Anderson TBA, Chillicothe Ford, Constitution-Tribune, KCHI Radio, KXCV Radio, Maurice's, Superior Coating Co., Time Warner Cable and Gastineau Electric. Schools, churches, and organizations known to have helped: American Postal Workers Union, Bishop Hogan Memorial School, Chillicothe R-II Schools, Chillicothe Eagles Club, Senior Citizens of Livingston County Missouri, Tina-Avalon School, Tria Sorosis, United Methodist Pre-School and Youth Groups, and all those who gave in memory of Vada Harper.

"Volunteers of all ages have put in many hours of service to meet this critical human need in our community," Mefford said. The group of RSVP volunteers working on the project include: Volunteers-in-Charge Arolene Crowe and Marvin Holcer, Wanda Brost, Fran Catron, Theresa Figg, Carol Foster, Richard Gibson, Marlys Hagen, Phillip Hagen, Annabelle Horton, Louise Huston, Dotty Ledin, Betty McNally, Velma Mitchell, Clara Ratliff, Ella Robinson, Lucille Seifert, Mary Shore, Miriam Stelplugh, and Frances Wilson. Mefford also expressed deep appreciation to those unnamed and unknown individuals, businesses, and groups who gave in so many ways to this year's project.

"The RSVP Joy Toy Project is really the whole community working together in the true spirit of Christmas," Mefford said.

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