Volunteers with the RSVP project sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Racine County Inc. were feted during the National Service Recognition luncheon March 29 at the Covenant at Murray Mansion.

On National Service Recognition Day, thousands of local leaders honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and turn to social media in a nationwide expression of appreciation. RSVP is one of three volunteer initiatives of Senior Corps.

The sixth annual National Service Recognition Day officially took place April 3, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.

Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave highlighted the accomplishments of RSVP volunteers in the community, citing their efforts as an indispensable complement of citizen service.

In the year just concluded, 250 RSVP-Racine County volunteers contributed more than 15,000 hours of service through 15 organizations including Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion Inc., My RIDE senior transportation and St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.

Bruce Davis, RSVP project dicrector, announced to the over 90 volunteers, volunteer coordinators and community leaders in attendance that funding for RSVP-Racine County, and 600 other RSVP projects nation-wide, recently had been secured by the enactment of the federal omnibus spending bill signed by the president.

Also present at the National Service Recognition luncheon were Tom Christensen, Caledonia Village administrator, and three local legislators: State Sen. Van Wannggard (21st), State Rep. Greta Neubauer (66th) and State Rep. Peter Barca (64th).

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