Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

What is RSVP?

RSVP, formerly known as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and an Operating Agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, we are also supported by the United Way of the Ozarks and the Greene County Senior Citizen’s Fund. 

We want to help move people from compassion to action by organizing volunteers to aid their neighbors.

RSVP Offers "ONE STOP SHOPPING" for all volunteers looking for challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their  community.


 What Does RSVP Offer to Our Community?

There are no educational, income or experience requirements, and no barriers to citizenship, race, creed, nationality or political affiliation. There are NO dues, membership fees, or meetings to attend. 

RSVP offers its volunteers free supplemental insurance while volunteering. Other benefits include personalized volunteer assignments, training, newsletters, recognition events, social interaction and a chance to meet new people. 

RSVP provides human capital--people power-- to multiply the impact of our 134 volunteer stations. The volunteers we recruit enable organizations to serve additional people, expand services offered, and build stronger programs.


 How to Volunteer

Volunteers can join RSVP several ways:

  • Direct recruitment including personal contact, special events, etc.

  • Through their volunteer worksite, if that organization has a memorandum of understanding with RSVP
  • In response to special programming initiatives like Homebound Shoppers, The Reading Buddies, and our Van Transportation

Older Americans who volunteer frequently live longer and report better health. Volunteering can also lead to more friendships and a more positive attitude.


RSVP Facts specific to Council of Churches of the Ozarks:

  • More than 500 new books were given out to Reading Buddy Students last year.

  • RSVP has close to 200 Reading Buddy Volunteers who make a difference in 500 students' lives.

  • 15 RSVP Van Drivers make a difference in the lives of many senior volunteersby transporting them to their volunteer assignment.

  • RSVP volunteers help prepare and package meals at the senior centers in ourcommunity.

  • RSVP volunteers help deliver meals to seniors who can't get out for a hot, nutritious meal.


RSVP

Paulette Wasmer, Director
627 N. Glenstone
Springfield, MO  65802
417-862-3595 ext. 227

Reading Buddies Program
Sarah Derr, Education Coordinator
627 N. Glenstone
Springfield, MO  65802
417-831-9696 ext. 234



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