ABOUT NEVADA RURAL RSVP
Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) Corporation with a demonstrated record of outstanding service to the elderly and other citizens in need of assistance in Nevada for over 45 years. Formed in 1973 to serve five rural counties, it has grown, with strong program and financial management to include 15 of the 17 counties in Nevada: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine. The RSVP volunteer mission is to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for people aged 55 and older with a lifetime of experience, to serve in a variety of volunteer settings throughout their communities.
The purpose of RSVP’s Independent Living programs is to help keep low-income seniors independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. In 2019, RSVP managed 880 enrolled volunteers including active volunteers who provided more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service to the community and Nevada’s most vulnerable population. RSVP has played a vital role in community leadership and meeting the supportive needs of senior citizens, caregivers, persons with disabilities, and Veterans.
RSVP’s Independent Living Programs include: (1) Transportation provides critical care trips to medical appointments and to pick up prescriptions or groceries; (2) Home Companions provide in-home and basic needs services; (3) Respite Care which provides caregivers with a break from the 24/7 care of another; (4) Phillips Lifeline and Freedom Alert is a personal emergency telephone response system; (5) Homemakers perform light housekeeping services; (6) CARE Law provides pro bono legal services for low-income seniors; (7) Farmer’s Market coupons are distributed to low-income seniors to purchase fresh produce; (8) Veterans VIP assists veterans with referrals to benefits and services they are entitled and access to suicide prevention resources; and (9) Resistance Exercise Training helps keep seniors active through light weights training.
RSVP programs are offered at no charge with the exception of the monitoring fee from Lifeline. Donations are kindly accepted.
In addition, RSVP volunteers serve their communities through a variety of services to non-profit service organizations government agencies and proprietary healthcare facilities. RSVP volunteer activities include crime prevention, adult literacy tutoring, Medicare and Medicaid counseling, environmental surveys and education, center based nutrition programs, hospital volunteer service, public museum docent services, library services for the community and the homebound, computer assistance for the elderly and needy, veterans memorial services, USDA commodities food distribution, and many more.
RSVP – An Invitation to Serve
RSVP is an AmeriCorps Seniors Program. Each year, AmeriCorps Seniors engages more than 200,000 older adults across the nation in volunteer service through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs, enriching the lives of the volunteers and benefiting their communities.
RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.
Flexibility in Serving
RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities.
RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve from a few hours to more than 40 hours a week. RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services, such as:
- Home Companion
- Home Companion Respite Care Volunteers
- Lifeline Installers
- Van Drivers
- Computer Trainers
- Hospital Volunteers
- Museum Docents
- Literacy Tutors
- Veterans Memorial Volunteers
- Medicare/Medicaid Counselors
- Sheriff’s Department Volunteers
- Senior Exercise Training Leaders
- Library Volunteers
- Commodity Foods Distribution
- City, County, State agencies
- Homeless Shelters
- Thrift Stores
- Food Banks
- Animal Shelters
Who can be an RSVP volunteer
RSVP provides service opportunities for those who want to make a difference in their communities while maintaining the flexibility to decide when and how frequently they serve.
RSVP volunteers are able to put their unique talents and a lifetime of experience to work for the community, services and projects that are significant to them. In addition, they receive the following benefits:
- Supplemental accident insurance with a senior in your vehicle
- Accidental death and dismemberment coverage while volunteering
- Excess liability automobile insurance while driving to and from volunteer
- Out-of-pocket expenses (mileage/meals) up to $30 per month
- Awards and recognition events every other year
- The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of seniors and the community