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.

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

RSVP is the only Senior Corps program open to all individuals 55 and older .
OUR VOLUNTEERS WILL: Respond to challenges and strengthen our 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

What is a volunteer station?

A: "Volunteer station" is our term for a non-profit organization that has written agreement with RSVP to provide volunteer assignments for you. Locally, RSVP works with over 100 organizations covering 17 counties in southwest Missouri. For a complete list, stop by our office or give us a call. Each volunteer station has a station supervisor who serves as our regular contact person, and will provide you with orientation and training for your particular work assignment. The relationship that develops between the volunteer and station supervisors is an ongoing process of understanding and caring, enabling both parties to grow and work together.

Reading Buddies Program - Click here for video - with Shannon Miller


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

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

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