Sun Shine: RSVP responds with a helping hand

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Joe Monfette and Barbara Drapos pose with Cameron the service dog outside the Worcester Senior Center.

Mark Henderson/Worcester Sun

Joe Monfette and Barbara Drapos pose with Cameron the service dog outside the Worcester Senior Center.

WORCESTER  —  Cameron is quite the fellow at the Worcester Senior Center on Vernon Hill.

Those who use the cozy Providence Street facility say Cameron  —  with his considerable charms, talents and cuteness  —  owns the place.

When he visits, he often is warmly and cheerfully welcomed with an embrace, hug or handshake. He is so liked that many of the center’s regulars share their snacks with him.

The admiring folks who hang out at the facility noted that Cameron can even put a smile on the faces of people having a dreadful day.

But that’s what he’s supposed to do. He’s a goodwill ambassador and a member of the RSVP Worcester Area Volunteers organization.

Well, sort of.

Lorraine and Joe Monfette of Worcester are the actual members.

Cameron is an 8-year-old yellow Labrador retriever and he belongs to the Monfettes.


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