Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations 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.

credit: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

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Examples of Funded Projects

The following exemplifies RSVP: An RSVP service volunteer, who is a retired architect and engineer, designs homes for low-income families displaced by midwestern floods.

Another volunteer, who is bilingual, uses her fluency in English and Japanese to help non-English speaking Japanese-American seniors access community resources and live independently.

Another RSVP volunteer is the coordinator, fund-raiser and supervisor of over 30 other RSVP volunteers who operate an inner-city soup kitchen which feeds more than 250,000 homeless and disadvantaged persons annually.

In another instance, RSVP volunteers organized neighborhood watches for an entire city of more than 45,000.

As a result, the police noted a 58 percent reduction in crime in some areas.

RSVP provides creative opportunities for older people to serve their communities by responding to locally identified needs.

The following statistics suggest the scope of their service: During fiscal year 1997, over 127,000 RSVP volunteers served at 10,400 acute care hospitals, clinics, and other medical care facilities.

Over 30,700 volunteers served in over 6,000 school systems.

Over 100,000 served at congregations and Meals on Wheels programs.

Other volunteers served with police departments, Head Start centers, libraries and ground water protection agencies.

In aggregate, they served over 80 million hours.

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - Corporation for National and Community Service State Program Offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

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