Retired and Senior Volunteer Program History
Created by Congress in 1968 with the Older Americans Act, RSVP was launched in 1971. It was designed to provide opportunities for retired men and women age 55 and older to participate more fully in their communities through significant service. RSVP is a federal grant program under the Corporation for National Service, and is locally sponsored by the Human Services Council.
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. RSVP must also fundraise in order to maintain the program. Currently there are two major annual fundraisers which include the Senior Connections Expo in the spring, and the Recognition Luncheon in the fall.
To learn the benefits of becoming a volunteer with RSVP, or to become a volunteer, click here.