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Volunteer senior program searches for new sponsor.

Byline: JEFF WRIGHT The Register-Guard

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is hoping someone will RSVP to its invitation to serve as the nonprofit group's new sponsor.

For more than 30 years, Lane Community College has fulfilled that role by writing and managing grants and overseeing payroll and other administrative tasks for RSVP.

But the college, citing its own budget and staffing woes, has decided to sever its involvement at the end of the year. "We just don't have the capacity," said Jane Sheidecker, interim executive director for workforce development at LCC.

Rebecca Bassett, RSVP's program coordinator, said the agency is optimistic about finding a new sponsor.

"We're not really going around with our hat in our hand so much as we're looking for a partner," she said. "We have money; we need a fiduciary agent."

RSVP, based at the Trude Kaufman Senior Center, has an annual budget of more than $200,000, Bassett said.

The local chapter offers several programs for senior citizens, including Friday meals at the Kaufman center; a money management program; a "community time share" program in which older people help each other with chores; and a family caregiver support program.

Bassett said RSVP will hold a meeting for prospective sponsors next month. Any sponsor must be a nonprofit or tax-supported agency. For more information, people can call Bassett or director Elaine Barrett at 342-1881, or Claudia Moorad of the Corporation for National and Community Service at (503) 231-2103.

RSVP was formed in 1971 as a way to keep older people actively involved in their communities. The agency has more than 700 chapters nationally.

COMING UP

Meeting: RSVP seeks prospective sponsors

When: 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5

Where: Kaufman Senior Center, 996 Jefferson St.
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