Pettis County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Volunteering is a great way for many older Americans to stay engaged in their communities and make a difference. It opens the door to exciting opportunities, meeting new people, and making friends. One of the nation's largest and most recognizable volunteer networks is Senior Corp's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP. Experience Works is one of many organizations across the country operating local programs through funding from the Corporation of National and Community Service. The program provides the opportunity for people age 55 and older to share their time and talent in a wide variety of volunteer activities. Schedules are flexible, too. Volunteers can choose a location or community project, as well as the number of hours they wish to serve. With the help of pre-service orientation and training, volunteers are confident and prepared to put their skills and compassion to good use. RSVP is a lifetime to many nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups who depend on volunteers to help meet the increased demand for services. As community needs are identified, they respond quickly. Perhaps it's providing food to hungry neighbors, training unemployed workers, offering support to struggling veterans and military families, or helping a child learn to read. Although program volunteers are not paid, they are richly rewarded by a sense of accomplishment, knowing their contributions are strengthening communities.