Lynee Burken, a resident of Charlotte, is the new director at the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Find out more about Burken in this week’s Meet Your Neighbor.
Is this your first time working for RSVP?
It's new. I've been in the human service field for several years and some of the folks I've worked with have utilized RSVP with their tax program and their drug plan program so I was familiar with them and knew kind of what they did. I didn't know the full scope of it because there's really a lot more to this program.
What made you want to get involved with RSVP?
I just knew that the volunteer program was something that I would enjoy. I've always wanted to be in a position where I can help people and make a difference. I knew that this would be something right along those terms.
What do you do as director?
I help recruit new volunteers and help them find a place here in town or in Clinton County as a whole where they can kind of fit in and help use their skills that they learned throughout a lifetime and help the community to make it a better place.
What do you enjoy most about the Clinton area during the summer?
During the summer I like the river and the walk along the river. I like nature in general so just being outside.
What is something unique about yourself that maybe people wouldn't know?
I just want to make a difference and help people. I don't know if that is necessarily anything different from most other folks. On a personal basis, I have my husband and three kids, I've got a daughter and twin boys so that's something some people don't know about me. I'm just really excited to be a part of this program and I think a big thing, too, is we're kind of a diamond in the rough, a lot of people don't know what we do here and what it's about.
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