Become a volunteer to seniors

Want to start the New Year right by checking two resolutions off your list? You can do just that by attending one of two volunteer trainings offered by RSVP soon.

The senior volunteer program oversees two distinct exercise programs designed for those 55 and over, both of them free, and they are seeking volunteers to train who will lead them. Trained instructors make a difference in the lives of those enrolled in the class as well as improving their own wellbeing through a regular exercise program.

RSVP Bone Builders is an osteoporosis exercise and education program with 33 classes currently. Using light weights, participants build bones while also improving their balance and making new friends. Training for Bone Builders is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based program comprised of eight forms. This simplified Tai Chi for seniors helps reduce repeat falls and teaches proper body alignment. Training is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

No experience is necessary to become an instructor for either program, although the first training step is to attend a class and observe. Volunteers must be 55 years of age or better, enjoy working with people, and be willing to volunteer. Instructors teach in pairs, allowing time away for vacations/illnesses.

Volunteer positions are available in RSVP’s four-city service area of Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo and Pt. Hueneme. To see current class locations, go to and follow the Senior Services link or call 805-385-8019.

RSVP is a volunteer recruitment and placement program, helping people 55 and older find volunteer positions that match their interests, talent and available time. Oxnard RSVP has about 600 members and is locally sponsored by the City of Oxnard with grant funding from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about the benefits of being an RSVP member or for help finding a volunteer position, call 805-385-8019.

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