RSVP gets great response from retirees

Volunteers/ Where good neighbors get together

December 31, 1991|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff

WILLIAM Hubbard, 66, has been a volunteer tutor in the Anne Arundel County public schools since 1986. He volunteers through the RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) of the county's Department of Aging.

Born in Baltimore, Hubbard has lived in Arundel since 1944. He and his wife, Amy, married five years ago this February, the first marriage for each.

When Hubbard retired from his family's business, Calvin B. Hubbard and Sons Inc., paper mill representatives, ''I contacted the Department of Aging, and that's how I got into its program, where I've been ever since,'' he says.

Marie Maddox, coordinator of RSVP, says that it is a federally funded and county-administered program. ''Our charge is to place people over the age of 60 in non-profit situations throughout the county. We have 620 active volunteers who are giving time in 73 sites such as in all levels of education in schools, libraries, senior centers, nutrition programs, serving meals or teaching courses. There are some who work for the Maryland State Police at BWI and do fingerprinting and photographing of the 6,000 personnel who work there. And they do other investigation I'm not classified to know,'' she says.

Since Hubbard joined the program he has volunteered in the language arts departments at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie and at Northeast High School and Severna Park Middle School, Marley Middle School and Linthicum Elementary.

''I try to serve as a good role model,'' says Hubbard, who works with at-risk students, teaching the elements of grammar.

''I've seen a marked improvement in most of them. Also, I'd like to add that kids today are great. Too many bad things are said about them, and I haven't found any. Most are anxious to learn, and money couldn't buy the reward of hearing one of them say 'Oh I've got it,' as he begins to understand,'' says Hubbard.

Yvonne Hicks is director of the program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, located at Arundel Center North, 101 Crain Highway, N.W., Glen Burnie. She and Maddox welcome inquiry from non-profits who want volunteers. ''We have an incredible group of people available who have exceptional skills, such as engineers, consultants and financial backgrounds,'' says Maddox.

Hubbard is positive he will continue to tutor. ''Finding the time is easy and it is a pleasure which I'll do as long as they want me,'' he says.

Volunteer opportunities at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging include Home Visiting, Pets on Wheels, RSVP and more. To volunteer, call Yvonne Hicks at 222-6825.

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