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RSVP coordinator matches retirees with volunteer groups

2013-04-10T00:00:00Z RSVP coordinator matches retirees with volunteer groupsBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
April 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Michael Glorioso’s enthusiasm and work ethic has led him to a fulfilling career as a United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer Program coordinator in Valparaiso.

The 31-year-old Valparaiso resident took the position in December, and now works to recruit and match volunteers 55 and older with appropriate volunteer activities.

“I want to utilize their lifetime of experience for the greater good in their community,” Glorioso said.

“The RSVP volunteers help tackle hard issues like hunger, health care, domestic violence, economic opportunities, education, veterans and many more. They truly do make a huge difference.”

The program, a part of the Regional Volunteer Center, services nonprofit agencies and organizations in Lake, La Porte and Starke counties.

“It is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over, consisting of over 500,000 volunteers throughout the country,” Glorioso said.

“It’s fulfilling when you hear the story from the volunteer that they were matched with exactly the kind of volunteer activity they were looking for, or see the volunteers growth as a person.”

“Just because my volunteers are over 55 and retired doesn’t mean they ever stop learning.”

A Merrillville High School graduate, Glorioso studied Performing Arts at Marian University in Indianapolis. In his free time, he volunteers with Memorial Opera House, Ross Summer Musicals and Marian Theatre Guild community theater groups.

He is a member of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation and the LaPorte County TRIAD program.

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