The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program was created in 1969 and today is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. RSVP is one of the three national programs that make up Senior Corps whose mission is to provide aid to senior citizens in communities while promoting a sense of community. RSVP seeks to connect people age 55 and older with efforts in their community so they can use their skills and talents for the benefit of others. Like all Senior Corps programs RSVP knows that the experience and practical knowledge of older generations makes them invaluable to community efforts.
As RSVP works with local community programs to “match seniors to volunteer opportunities,” it enjoys incredible flexibility in what it can offer volunteers. Any local nonprofit organization can sign up for volunteers provided that their volunteer activities are not political or religious in nature. RSVP therefore includes programs from food service for the needy, activities at senior centers, tutoring children, assisting victims of natural disasters, local conservation efforts and special events. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
United Way of Cascade County RSVP
The United Way of Cascade County began administering the local Retired and Senior Program on April 1, 2014. The county’s Aging Services department had managed the program since 1981, but decided not to reapply to the federal grant that supported the program in favor of streamlining its programs. United Way was approached to take over the program and upon evaluation determined that RSVP’s focus areas of education, financial stability and health aligned with United Way’s mission.
Our local goals are to provide support to both volunteers and local organizations that rely on them. We are committed to matching volunteers with opportunities that match their interests and skills in order to serve community needs.
Senior Corps Pledge
I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
When faced with a pressing challenge, I will bring Americans of all generations together to strengthen our communities.
When faced with children at risk, I will help them stay in school and on track for a brighter future.
When faced with older adults in need, I will provide support and compassion so they may age with grace and dignity.
Working for the greatest good, I will use my lifetime of experiences to improve my country, my community, and myself through service.
I am a Senior Corps (RSVP, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion) volunteer and I will get things done.