RSVP in Monroe County is putting out an all-points-bulletin for volunteers.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. With RSVP, you can choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. You choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity that's right for you.

With RSVP, you'll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.

When you volunteer, you're not just helping othersyou're helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

So get involved, and join RSVP today.

They are gearing up for the upcoming school year and searching for tutors in all four regional school districts. Training is available to help get at-risk children on task at grade level. Special clearances are required.

Fall Prevention Programs teaching Senior Safety is seeking volunteers to assist with registration and info distribution. Entertainers are needed for Senior Centers and lunches in East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg areas. Musicians, entertainers, dancers, singers, magic acts, etc are welcome.

A receptionist is needed to answer phones for area non-profit senior facility in Brodheadsville, any weekday(s) from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

A receptionist is needed to do clerical, answer phones, for non-profit organizations in convenient Stroudsburg area. Flexible hours, pleasant phone voice and reliability a must.

Help is needed for the frail, lonely and homebound with grocery shopping and reassuring phone calls.

Can you teach a crafts class? Build a birdhouse? Stroudsburg senior facility is seeking your talent to teach a resident class.

The Senior Center in Pocono Pines area is seeking kitchen help on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help clean up in the kitchen. Lunch is provided.

Help seniors stay flexible and healthy. Several agencies is in need of someone to teach and organize low impact exercise program in Pocono Pines, Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg locations. Flexible schedules are available.

Work outside and commune with Mother Nature. Park & Trail monitors are needed to visit parks throughout Stroud Region and Dingmans Ferry area to note any maintenance or safety issues. Training provided. April through October. Flexible schedules are available.

Play where you work. Playground monitors are needed to visit area playgrounds throughout Stroud Region to note any maintenance or safety issues. Training is provided. April through October. Flexible schedules are available.

Summers can be lonely for residents in nursing facilities. Several locations are seeking Friendly Visitors to play cards, Scrabble, board games, Chess, Bingo, etc. with seniors.

Help provide assistance to visually blind citizens. Special training will be provided. Enable a blind citizen to ride the bus, shop, visit a friend without obstacles. Flexible hours.

Are you computer literate? Can you help teach a disabled adult how to navigate with a mouse? Search the internet? Local facility needs your compassion and your expertise.

If you have a reliable car, there are hundreds of homebound in the county needing meals delivered to them. Especially in Mt. Pocono area, but many other opportunities available.

If you can't volunteer, perhaps you can donate hotel size toiletries to package for the homeles. You can give your Weis Market tapes to help your local library and food coupons for military families. Donate clean yarn, fabric and craft items like tiny flowers, colorful ribbons, exercise DVDS and DVD movies.

If interested, contact Merle Turitz at (570) 420-3747 or email mturitz@co.monroe.pa.us [1] .