Burbank seniors, ages 55 to 99, were thanked for giving thousands of hours to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program during a luncheon last month at the Castaway restaurant.
Some volunteers serve every day or others a couple times a month, helping seniors live independently in their homes, tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth as well as providing financial education and job training to veterans and their families. They also help communities recover from disasters.
And while these services help the community, volunteering helps keep individuals healthy, said Dee Call, the program’s director.
“More than two decades of health research points to the significant mental and health benefits including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, lower rates of depression, and a greater functional ability,” she said.
In Burbank, there are 698 volunteers on the program’s roster, ranging in age from 55 to 99 and 11 months, Call said. Volunteers provided 147,483 hours to more than 50 nonprofits and public agencies from October 2012 to September 2013.