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).
BENEFITS OF RSVP MEMBERSHIP
Invitations to Special Recognition Events
FREE supplemental accident, liability, & auto liability insurance
Increased social interactions
Skill building or skill retentioHappier moods
RSVP Volunteer Opportunities
Education/Tutoring: Literacy or Math Tutoring: Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts After school Assistant at “SAY KLUB” Salvation Army
Education/Mentoring: Lunch Buddies: Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts. Mentor: Boys and Girls Club of SW Washington
Healthy Futures-Food Banks: Various positions from sorting to packing, drivers and riders: Clark County Food Bank, Fish of Vancouver, Fish of Orchards, North County Food Bank, Salvation Army, SHARE Backpack program
Healthy Futures-Independent Living Services: Elder Friends: CDM Services, Drivers: Volunteer Chore Services
Veterans: Various positions including customer service, shuttle driver, patient visitation, activities helper: Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, VA Medical Center
Capacity Building-Thrift Stores: Customer service, warehouse workers, sorting, coffee house helpers: Boomerang, Clark County Habitat for Humanity Thrift Shop, Friends of the Carpenter, Second Chance Thrift Shop, Gifts for Our Community/Divine Consign, Humane Society Retails Thrift Store, Inter-Faith Treasure House, Open House Ministries-Second Hand Solutions
Capacity Building-Blood Drive Support: Couriers, ambassadors, registration: American Red Cross Blood Program, Bloodworks Northwest
Other Community Priorities: Various positions: Battle Ground Health Care, Free Clinic of SW Washington, Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, Peace Health SW WA Medical Center
To find out how you can help in any of the areas above, SEND EMAIL to our Program Aide, Kitty Hibbs. or call 360-735-3690.
RSVP program 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.
Support for staffing and events like the annual Senior Connections Expo comes from the community in the form of donations and sponsorships
(To ensure your donation goes to the Volunteer Center, indicate"VC Volunteer Center" in the drop-down menu then click the donate button and note the program or event you are supporting in the "Write a note" area. Thank you!)