RSVP Seeks AARP Smart Driver Instructors For Oswego County

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program , a division of SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, in conjunction with the AARP, is seeking to recruit volunteer instructors for the AARP Driver Safety Program.

Candidates for the position must be at least 19 and must have access to a computer.

Upon acceptance, volunteers will complete the mandatory AARP computer-based training as well as the New York State required training.

Volunteer instructors are eligible for basic expense reimbursements, such as mileage, parking, postage, long-distance phone calls, and basic supplies.

For more information, contact Gordon Schipper, AARP Zone 3 coordinator, at 315-529-1395 or email [email protected]

Since 1979, the AARP Driver Safety Program has helped millions of drivers 50-plus stay safe on the road, which helps to keep roads and communities safer for everyone.

” Last year I had three dedicated instructors hold 18 classes with 331 people completing the course, an impressive total given the obstacles we are facing,” Schipper said. “The county consists of more than 1,300 square miles, with 30 class sites from Phoenix to Sandy Creek and West Monroe to Hannibal; ideally, there should be eight instructors for a county this size. Another barrier is the unpredictable and sometimes long winter season, which is why we typically schedule classes from April through October. Instructors are obligated to teach only three classes a year and they can be scheduled — weekdays, weekends, or evenings, whatever fits in with their schedule.”

RSVP of Oswego County since 1973 has been engaging individuals 55 and older as a volunteer resource in order to meet critical community needs.

It is part of a nationwide network of Senior Corps programs, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Each of the 700-plus programs in the United States is sponsored by a non-profit agency.

RSVP is sponsored by SUNY Oswego and the United Way of Greater Oswego County.