National Service: RSVP Program, Asian American Center of Frederick
The Asian American Center of Frederick sponsors the national Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, Maryland’s senior citizens are cherished members of the community, who have unique wisdom, knowledge, and experience to offer younger generations. They pair seniors with opportunities that match interests or expertise at 20 different stations in the area, including the Red Cross, Fox Haven Farm, 4H Therapeutic Riding, the Literacy Council, the United Way, and Chords of Courage – a program to motivate young people to use music as a catalyst for engagement. They also hold a health fair for residents to receive full medical checkups, which is in its 14th year. They were extremely active in the vaccination effort for seniors. Three exceptional RSVP volunteers were selected and humbly chose to share their recognition with the entire program for the Governor’s Service Award in the 2021 National Service category.
Photos featuring nominated RSVP volunteers James, Vanessa, and Chooi-Hah assisting with cultural exchange, Food Drop, and Across Ages programs. Across Ages helps middle schools receive tutoring and learn drug prevention.