November 24, 2017

Volunteer Stories

We’re celebrating and thanking RSVP volunteers for their efforts and to increase public awareness of RSVP.  Check here for stories about volunteers that have been inspired to share their experiences, or have inspired others.

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Al Olson accepting his ServeMT Award in Helena
February 23, 2012

Dolores and Martin Steiner Receive Award

Miles City Soup Kitchen Receives Award

Top Stories of 2012

August 11, 2012 57 RSVP Volunteers (of which 16 were veterans) participated in the Eastern Montana Veterans Stand Down.

The event was organized by the Miles City Job Service Workforce Center with the help of many local agencies and held at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds. RSVP members prepared and served lunch to all volunteers and the 70 plus veterans attending.

RSVP Volunteers assisted in the following ways:

  •  Baked Cookies
  •  Helped Set Up and Take Down Tables
  •  Sorted and Displayed Clothing
  •  Assisted Veterans in picking out clothing
  •  Prepared and served lunch to veterans and volunteers (approximately 200 individuals)
  •  Cleaned up after serving lunch
  •  Assisted at vendor booths
  •  Assisted with registration volunteers
  •  Assisted with registration of veterans
  •  Assisted at the breakfast table
  •  Gave away Disaster Preparedness/Hygiene Bags

“The many RSVP Volunteers who assisted with the 3rd Annual Eastern Montana Veterans’ Stand Down in Miles City this Fall were not only helpful, they provided crucial assistance in filling the many positions that we needed for the event to be a success. RSVP Volunteers worked many hours stuffing personal care bags, registering Veterans and their families, cooking, serving food, cleaning, organizing clothing and many other duties as necessary. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that the Stand Down event could not have happened without them!”
Kim Blunt, Manager,
Miles City Job Service Workforce Center


In January 2012 RSVP volunteers formed a group to make hats for the children at Head Start. The goal was to make 75 hats/caps for the students which would then be presented in the fall of 2012. This small group (4-6 women) met each Tuesday (except for the summer months) and were able to present 95 caps to the students. Their only reward was watching the smiles on those 75 children as they received a new hat. The group enjoyed this project so much they have agreed to continue meeting throughout 2013 and give away hats/caps again.

With the retirement of the medical transportation coordinator at the Miles City VA Medical Center the duties have been taken over by Al Olson, RSVP volunteer & veteran. Al continues to drive the van to Sturgis, SD; Sheridan, WY, Billings and other Montana cities as well as organizing and training drivers. According to Al in a one month period of time volunteers drove 5,558 miles (116 hours) to medical facilities in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota to provide service to 47 veterans.

Fall of 2012 I was approached to find a volunteer put 4-H pictures (many years worth) in scrapbooks for the Custer County Extension Office. I approached Juanita Stinson, a widow living 10 miles north of town, to volunteer for this project. Juanita now volunteers weekly and the workstation supervisor loves her. Juanita has helped with many other projects including preparing books for the Story Walk.