Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
RSVP is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, Five County AOG through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
MATURE ADULTS GIVING TIME AND SERVICE
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recruits mature volunteers, age 55 or older, to share their time, wisdom, life-experiences, and skills, to strengthen local communities.
Regardless of one’s skills, experience, education, trade, or profession, RSVP provides volunteer opportunities that are flexible and based on the volunteer’s interests and time commitments.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
To participate as an RSVP volunteer you must:
Be at least 55 years of age
Some volunteer opportunities require that you pass an extensive background check
RSVP Features FREE Programs for Seniors
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over.
RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community.
Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where they will serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.
Living Well Programs
Millions of adults live with one or more chronic health conditions. Our programs help people and their caregivers manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life, and reduce healthcare costs. The programs are facilitated by leaders with their own health challenges. Our programs are highly interactive, focusing on building skills, sharing experiences, and support.
Telephone Reassurance is regular, prescheduled calls to individuals who live alone or need social support or contact. The service is provided as a routine safety check and to reduce loneliness. Volunteers and clients are matched based on interests and similarities.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
Medical studies have shown Tai Chi relieves pain and improves quality of life. Certified instructors lead a low-impact exercise program which enhances both mental and physical wellness. This Tai Chi program includes flexibility exercises which can: reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility, improve muscular strength, improve relaxation, balance, posture and immunity, and reduce the occurrence of falls.
Walk with Ease
The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is a community-based physical activity and self-management education program. It can be done by individuals using the Walk with Ease workbook on their own, or by groups led by trained leaders. Both the individual and group formats are set up as a structured six-week program. While walking is the central activity, Walk with Ease is a multi-component program that also includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. Group sessions include socialization time, pre-walk informational lecturettes, warm up and cool downs and a 10-35 minute walking period.
Stepping On is a seven week program designed for people ho are living at home and have experienced a fall or are concerned about falling. The program is an evidence-based program that is effective and proven to reduce falls in older people living in the community.
Serving Our Community
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants the Area Agency on Aging, Five County AOG for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.