BY TOM BUSSELBERG
CLEARFIELD — The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is up and running again in Davis County.
It disappeared for about a year due to budget cuts that impacted the program’s previous sponsor. Now it is operated as part of the Senior Services Division of the Davis County Health Department, which has received federal grant funding.
“We have nine (volunteer) stations up,” said Viki Bowman, program coordinator. That includes the Bountiful Community Food Pantry, where Marvin Cluff volunteers.
“Marvin is one of our most committed volunteers as far as the number of hours he gives,” said Lorna Koci, the pantry’s executive director.
He drives a food truck three mornings a week and will do additional pickups after the regular schedule is done, she said.
He also volunteers in the laundry at the Bountiful LDS Temple.
Cluff has been volunteering for nearly 11 years, before the pantry’s current building was constructed, Koci said.
He is hardly the only volunteer at the pantry who is part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Volunteers age 55 and older are welcome to join in what Koci said is the largest such organization for that age group nationwide.
Volunteer stations up and running now include Antelope Island visitor center, Fielding Garr Ranch and trails maintenance, Golden Years, Autumn Glow and North Davis Senior Activity Centers, Davis Hospital, Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter, the Hill AFB Thrift Shop and three elementary schools.
“Education and schools will be our main focus this fall,” Bowman said. “We hope to have at least half of the schools as volunteer sites.”
Volunteers can sign up for as many hours as they wish and will be assigned as close to home as possible. Literacy program volunteers are asked to volunteer at least one and a half hours every other week.
Bowman was with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Carbon County for 17 years, and also served as director of the senior services program there.
“RSVP is very dear to my heart,” she said. “It’s the happiest I’ve been in a working situation.”
For more information, call 801-525-5094 or visit daviscountyutah.gov/RSVP.