Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Many of our volunteers age 55 and older are participating as "RSVP" volunteers. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a federally funded program under the Corporation for National and Community Service, locally sponsored by the Human Service Council and housed within Volunteer Connections.
Created by Congress in 1968 with the Older Americans Act, RSVP was launched in 1971. It is designed to provide opportunities for retired and older people age 55 and up to participate more fully in their communities through significant service addressing critical community needs. The RSVP volunteers serve under several "workplans". Locally, our RSVP volunteers support workplans in the areas of Education (tutoring and mentoring), Healthy Futures (food banks and independent living services), Veterans, Capacity Building (blood drive support and thrift stores), and Other Community Priorities (free and low cost health clinics).
RSVP's funding comes from a federal grant awarded and authorized by Congress annually through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Additional funding and support comes from Clark County and the State of Washington. In addition, Volunteer Connections organizes other community events to provide funds to support the program.
BENEFITS OF RSVP MEMBERSHIP
- Invitations to Special Recognition Events
- Federally required supplemental accident, liability, & auto liability insurance
- Increased social interactions
- Skill building or skill retention
- Happier moods