Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler will honor about 100 Schuyler County volunteers on September 24 at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen at 11:30 am. Thanks to the incredible service of our volunteers, hundreds of people are able to access our food pantries each month, free tax preparation is offered, families are adopted at Christmas and Bone Builders classes are held in multiple locations.

A special certificate of recognition will be presented to two RSVP volunteers from Office for the Aging during the luncheon. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards (4000+ hours of service), and other awards for years of service will also be presented.

“On behalf of Catholic Charities, I would like to thank our incredible volunteers for giving so much of their time to make our community a better place for families, seniors, and individuals,” acknowledges Deb MacDonald, Agency Director of Catholic Charities’ Schuyler County Office.

Studies propose that constructive activities slow the effects of aging and volunteering seems to generate the best results. Volunteering is rewarding—it reduces stress, increases happiness and can make a difference in the lives of so many people. The socialization of volunteering is as important as the task performed. In 2017, Schuyler County RSVP had 177 active volunteers that donated over 13,000 hours to our community. The service they provide allows non-profits to continue meeting local needs that would go un-met without these important volunteers.

Susan Larson, Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), says, “We are currently building a solid base of active volunteers for Schuyler County. It helps our senior population to stay active and involved and strengthens our community as a whole. Volunteers have so much experience to share!”

For information on volunteering for Catholic Charities or joining the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), please visit or call at 535.2050.