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by Abigail Van Buren

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DEAR ABBY: I'll bet more than a few people made New Year's resolutions to do some kind of good deed this year. I would like to help those who have procrastinated by recommending a volunteer job in a nonprofit organization.

This year, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is celebrating 30 proud years of service, placing older adults in positions of impact, allowing seniors to shape the communities in which they live.

If your readers are interested in volunteering, we can send them to schools, museums, hospitals, libraries, senior centers -- even to the zoo. The list is never-ending. Thanks for spreading the word, Abby. -- MERYL SUNSHINE, SAN FRANCISCO RSVP OUTREACH COORDINATOR

DEAR MERYL: It is my pleasure to spread the word. RSVP is a unique program for people 55 and older who are willing to donate anywhere from four to 40 hours a week. Its flexibility allows persons of various skill levels and expertise to help resolve problems that affect their communities. Volunteers provide food for the homeless and hungry, mentor children, assist in community policing, prepare tax returns for elderly and low-income individuals, and much more.

To become an RSVP volunteer, call toll-free: (800) 424-8867 or check the Web site www.seniorcorps.org.