Senior Volunteer Finds Creative Ways to Give Back to the Community
March 7, 2014
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored a seasoned Albuquerque volunteer who has dedicated the last twelve years of his life in service to others. Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer Ron Mansoldo is this month’s volunteer of the month.
With a compelling drive to give back to his community, Ron started his journey with the RSVP program in 2002 and in that time has contributed an impressive 9,131 volunteer hours of service. As a member of the Friends of Bear Canyon Senior Center, Ron helps to raise funds to buy furnishings, tables, pool tables, and blinds for the center in order to ensure the facility always shines. Ron’s primary volunteer assignment is as a driver for Bear Canyon, Palo Duro, and North Domingo Baca senior centers. Ron makes sure the van he uses is washed, fueled up and properly maintained for use on future trips. Ron has been working particularly hard in recent months and in February alone logged over 500 miles driving for the program.
Recently, Ron has taken it upon himself to organize trips to Road Runner Food Bank with the other RSVP volunteers. On one particular day in November, Ron arranged to have eleven volunteers work at the food bank. The volunteers donated 73 pounds of canned goods and packaged 610 two-pound bags of pinto beans to be used in food boxes for those in need. The very next month, Ron gathered fifteen volunteers to donate 63 pounds of canned goods and sorted 2,394 pounds of fresh produce to provide a more well-rounded, balanced meal to those who are served by the food bank. Those two initial successful trips have evolved into a monthly outing led by Ron, scheduled for the third week of the month.
RSVP is a program of the National Senior Service Corps, a division of the Corporation for National Service. It is sponsored locally by the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs and receives additional funding from the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Care Services Department. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and over. It has approximately 500,000 volunteers across the country, 864 of which volunteer in Albuquerque. The purpose of RSVP is to recruit and facilitate the placement of volunteers, over the age of 55, in public, government, and non-profit organizations to meet community needs.
Ron Mansoldo’s caring and generous spirit and his willingness to give of his time and energy make Albuquerque a better place to live for our seniors as well as our entire community.