Senior Corps RSVP Veterans Recognized for Service Rochester, Minnesota -

On Wednesday, November 11th, Senator Amy Klobuchar, in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona, MN, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), recognized veterans who have continued their service to America as Senior Corps volunteers.
The event held at the Rochester Golf and Country Club recognized these dedicated individuals as members of National Veteran Corps, which is part of a larger effort to raise awareness of the value veterans bring to communities. The event in Rochester was one of nearly 200 recognition ceremonies featuring National Veteran Corps pin presentations taking place across the country throughout the month of November. The 26 veterans recognized serve their communities through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona, the agency who engages veteran volunteers in service via their Common Good RSVP program.
“Catholic Charities dedicates our service to work and advocate for the marginalized members of our communities. The services we deliver reflect that in a number of different ways. The one universal element they share is working to hold up the dignity of all human beings. Common Good RSVP is an important part of our mission. The work of engaging and supporting ongoing volunteerism uplifts communities. These volunteers are front line service workers, positively impacting the toughest conditions facing our most marginalized community members,” said Robert Tereba, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “Through our Common Good RSVP program, 200 veterans provided 21,315 hours of volunteer service to 125 non profit partner agencies throughout 16 Minnesota counties in 2015.”

Joining Senator Amy Klobuchar to honor the veterans were: David Senjem, MN Senator: Karla Nelson, MN Representative: Kim Norton, MN Representative: and Duane Quam, MN Representative. Ardell Brede, Rochester MN Mayor: Robert Tereba, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona: Dr. Erwin Tan, Director of Senior Corps, CNCS: Sam Schuth, MN State Director, CNCS: and Jaime Renner, MN State Program Specialist, CNCS.

Also in attendance were representatives from nonprofit agencies which benefit from the service of the Common Good RSVP veteran volunteers. Agencies in attendance included Channel One Food Bank, Community Food Response, Elder Network, Family Service of Rochester, Habitat for Humanity, Rochester Public School District, Salvation Army, Red Wing Seminary Home, SEMCAC, Three Rivers Community Action, and the United Way of Olmsted County.

-Kate Neuhaus