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Alliance's senior volunteer program brings help and gratification

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Two years ago Registered Nurse Bunny Saum retired.

"Just decided it was time to pass it on to the younger ones," Saum said.

After retiring, Saum's friend told her about the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Alliance.

"You're paying it forward. I like that, I like that aspect. And you're retired, but that doesn't mean you can't help," Saum said.

Commodities Distribution is one of the programs volunteers can be matched up with.

Every other month people from across the county, line up in their cars at Box Butte General Hospital to pick up their bags.

R.S.V.P is America's largest volunteer network for people over 55, and it's the backbone of the workforce here in Alliance.

R.S.V.P's partners are all non profits, government agencies and healthcare proprieties.

"They all just don't have the budget to help them meet all of the goals that they have," Program Director Terry Grosz said.

And it's a two-way street, Grosz says she's gotten a lot of positive feedback from the volunteers.

"It helps them ward off loneliness, depression, it gives them something to look forward to it keeps them connected in the community," Grosz said.

Saum says the friends she's met and memories she's made are just an added bonus to how gratifying her volunteer work is.

"It's just going to continue to get bigger I believe," Saum said.

"We do have an amazing volunteer base here, we always have," Grosz said.

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