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20 Year Milestone of AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteer Appreciation

City celebrates retired and senior volunteers for a combined 13,800 service hours

Today, the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs honored AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers at the 20th Annual AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Appreciation Breakfast sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Presbyterian Health Plan and Humana. This year marks a milestone 20 years of celebrating volunteers at the annual event for their outstanding contributions in serving others and strengthening the Albuquerque community. 

“For two decades, the RSVP Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast has recognized those making a positive impact in their communities,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs. “The pandemic kept us apart for a few years, but now we’re excited to come together for a legacy milestone year to express our appreciation for these individuals that show us no matter the need, they are part of the solution.” 

This year’s special recognition award categories include the RSVP Volunteer Station of the Year award, and the RSVP Lifetime Achievement award that honors a dedicated volunteer serving 8 or more years. The 2022 RSVP Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to 15-year RSVP Volunteer Thomas Ware at today’s event.  Ware served 358 hours primarily at Barelas Community Center as well as helping out at other Senior Affairs sites throughout the city.  This year’s RSVP Volunteer Station of the year was awarded to the Palo Duro Senior Center for hosting over 5,600 volunteer service hours.

“We all know that the past few years have been challenging, and civic engagement has become more important than ever to build a better Albuquerque for everyone,” said Mayor Tim Keller.  “We are grateful for the outstanding service from each of our volunteers and those who continue to step up by serving our community.”

Volunteers play a critical role in achieving the Senior Affairs mission of helping the community thrive with care and compassion while embracing aging. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups interested in giving back, or an older adult hoping to get more involved.  For more information on AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer programs or other Senior Affairs volunteer opportunities, visit cabq.gov/seniors or call 505-767-5241.