RSVP provides a variety of opportunities for people to participate in the life of their community through significant volunteer service. Volunteering helps to increase the public’s awareness of the vast knowledge, experience, expertise and love found in people like you who want to give back!
Volunteers will find a rewarding and enriching experience when they discover that our elders have amazing life stories and life experiences to share. Spending time with a senior not only provides them with their immediate needs, whether it be transporting them to a critical doctor’s appointment, or spending time with them at home, it also allows for much needed socialization and quality time. We all benefit when seniors remain independent and active members of our communities.
Anyone can be an RSVP volunteer regardless of income, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, political affiliation, physical challenge or sexual orientation. An RSVP volunteer must be willing to accept training and supervision as required, and be capable of performing the desired assignment. Volunteers do not receive a salary or other compensation, except for mileage reimbursement and occasionally meals.
RSVP’s focus is for volunteers who are aged 55 and older; however, we also accept volunteers over the age of 25 who desire to be a part of something great – to volunteer with our organization to provide direct services for elders, veterans and 24/7 caregivers.
- Transportation Program
Volunteers provide escorted door-to-door safe transportation for seniors and disabled persons, giving them access to services, medical appointments, to pick up prescriptions, socialization and shopping.
- Home Companion Program
Volunteers provide the emotional support, socialization, and human contact that is necessary for the homebound elderly.
- CARE Law Program
Volunteers assist the CARE Law Program Attorney with administrative duties to support legal services related to estate planning, durable power of attorney, wills, guardianships, Medicare, Medicaid, help with debt problems, probate issues, and elder abuse issues.
- Philips Lifeline
Volunteers help install this emergency response system which gives immediate access to emergency services. Clients feel secure which increases their safety and self-sufficiency.
- Veterans Volunteers in Partnership (Veterans VIP)
Veterans VIP volunteers help veterans to access the goods and services they need such as transportation and respite care, which helps to maintain their independence and dignity.
- Respite Care Program
Volunteers provide regular breaks to exhausted and stressed caregivers who are overwhelmed by their selfless 24/7 care. Volunteers provide breaks of 2 to 4 hours or more per week – which are lifesaving for the caregivers and help to reduce the chance of premature institutionalization of the loved one being cared for.
- Homemaker Services
Volunteers assist frail, homebound seniors with housekeeping such as dusting, kitchen and bathroom cleaning, floor maintenance as well as laundry and linen changing.
- RSVP Farmer’s Market Coupons
Volunteers distribute coupons each summer to low-income seniors who may not be able to afford fresh produce. This important service helps to supplement the nutritional needs of seniors.
- Resistance Training Program
Volunteers help with the Exercise Program which provides seniors with the proper exercise to help improve their balance, strength, and help prevent falls and disabling diseases that often lead to premature institutionalization.
- Community Volunteer Stations
Volunteers can serve through a variety of non-profit social service or governmental agencies and non-profit service organizations and institutions which are designated as Volunteer Stations. The stations include schools, libraries, day-care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, local and state government and other community service organizations. Please call us to receive a list of the volunteer stations in your area.
Volunteers can expect RSVP to:
- Value and appreciate your time, talent and expertise
- Treat all volunteers with respect and decency
- Provide a broad range of rich and enjoyable experiences
- Be flexible and work with your schedule and availability
- Inspire every individual to work together respectfully with dignity
- Protect your privacy and not release contact information without permission
- Maintain a positive work environment
- Provide trainings and materials necessary for participating in programs
- Conduct National Sex Offender Public Website Checks and Background Checks depending upon the level of access to vulnerable populations
We expect Volunteers to:
- Provide a safe environment and keep safety as your top priority
- Respect the clients served privacy by providing confidentiality
- Represent RSVP and our agency partners in an appropriate and responsible manner at all times
- Be non-confrontational while performing RSVP duties
- Be prompt, reliable, and follow through on all commitments
- Be positive and helpful!
For more details on each Program click here