Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) participants serve in a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups. They also mentor at-risk youth, organize neighborhood watch programs, test drinking water for contaminants, teach English to immigrants, and lend their business skills to community groups that provide critical social services. RSVP volunteers are not paid but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service. RSVP provides appropriate volunteer insurance coverage and volunteers receive pre-service orientation and in-service training from the agency or organization where they are placed.
RSVP is open to people age 55 and over. Community and faith-based organizations receive grants to sponsor and operate RSVP projects in their community. These projects recruit older adults to serve from a few hours a month to almost full time, though the average commitment is four hours a week. Most volunteers are paired with local community and faith-based organizations that are already helping to meet community needs.