Volunteers Offering Green Carnations for St. Pat’s Day

STPATTYVoluntter-003carnationsRamona-John-300x300Originally published in the Rushville Republican on 3/1/2016

The Rush Memorial Hospital’s volunteers belong to a three county area served by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  “This nationwide volunteer program for adults age 55 years and over encourages them to use their experience and skills to make a difference in their community”, according to Ralph Willis, local RSVP Coordinator.  The local RSVP program encompasses Hancock, Henry, and Rush counties and is associated with ICAP.    RSVP connects volunteers and the needs of the community by working with local businesses, schools, and organizations that may be in need of volunteers.  Volunteers are valued and supported through RSVP events and recognition of the volunteers’ service hours and skills.

Each year the RSVP volunteers host an annual “Green Carnation” sale as their only fundraiser.  “The beautiful carnations are available just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Who doesn’t love flowers and the green carnations get us ready for spring”, states Ramona Wilkinson, local RMH volunteer and RSVP member.

The carnations are $1 for a single stemmed flower or $10 for a vase with five carnations and greenery.  Delivery in town is available for orders over $6.  The flowers will be ready on March 15 just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  If you would like to order, call Faith Mock, RMH Volunteer Coordinator, at 765-932-7568 or Ramona Wilkinson at 765-932-5635.  If you prefer picking up your order they will can picked up at RMH just inside the 13th street entrance between 10am and noon on March 15.  All flowers must be pre-ordered by Friday, March 4, 2016.  The proceeds from the sale are used to recognize RSVP volunteers for their time and service to their community.

If you would like more information on volunteer opportunities at Rush Memorial Hospital contact Faith Mock, Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation, at 765-932-7568.  For more information on the RSVP organization contact Ralph Willis at www.rwillis@icapcaa.org.