Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation, RSVP engages people age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to many hours per week.
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE (Senior Corps)
RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national and community service programs that each year supports the engagement of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and older in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington D.C. The mission of the Corporation is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
The Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is a self-sponsored non-profit 501 (c) (3) Corporation, and has a demonstrated record of outstanding service to the elderly and other citizens in need of assistance in Nevada for over 42 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 mission of the RSVP Independent Living programs is to help keep low income seniors independent and in their own homes as long as possible. Last year over 1,200 RSVP volunteers in rural Nevada provided more than 92,000 hours of volunteer service to over 100 public and non-profit community agencies, and Nevada's elderly population. RSVP has played a vital, social services leadership role in the communities we serve and continue to expand our role of assisting not only the low income and homebound seniors in our service areas, but serving all persons in need and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.
RSVP's Independent Living Programs which help keep seniors in their own homes are: (1) Respite Care which provides caregivers a break from the 24/7 care of another; (2) Home Companions provide in-home and basic needs services; (3) Transportation provides critical care trips to medical appointments and to pick up prescriptions or groceries; (4) Lifeline is an emergency telephone response system; (5) Homemakers perform light housekeeping services; (6) CARE Law provides pro bono legal services for 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 awareness and training; and (9) Resistance Exercise Training helps keep seniors active through light weights training. All of RSVP’s independent living programs are free with the exception of the monitoring fee from Lifeline.
In addition, RSVP volunteers serve their communities through a variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies. 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.
In addition to the nearly 5,000 independent living program clients served, a very educated estimate of 10 times that number include Nevada citizens who benefit from RSVP volunteers serving in community non-profit organizations, agencies and institutions designated as Volunteer Stations, such as police and sheriff's departments, hospitals and hospices, schools, libraries, nursing homes, senior centers, public museums, city, county and state agencies, homeless shelters, thrift stores, food banks, animal shelters and many more.
Persons 55 or older can be RSVP volunteers and need not be retired. They come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. The unselfish sharing of their time and energy, however, makes them all very special.
RSVP - An Invitation to Serve
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 Companions
- Home Companion Respite Care Volunteers
- Lifeline Installers
- Van Drivers
- Computer Trainers
- Hospital Volunteers
- Literacy Tutors
- Veterans Memorial Volunteers
- Medicare/Medicaid Counselors
- Sheriff's Department Volunteers
- Senior Exercise Training Leaders
- Museum Docents
- 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 who and how frequently they serve.
RSVP volunteers are able to put their unique talents and a lifetime of experience to work for community, faith-based organizations and programs that are significant to them. In addition, they receive the following benefits:
- Supplemental accident insurance while volunteering
- 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