Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation, RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national and community service programs that each year supports the engagement of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and older in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. RSVP of Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties is sponsored by United Way of Greater Kansas City.
RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches their personal interests and skills with opportunities to serve their communities. Volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
RSVP is open to all people age 55 and over.
RSVP volunteers are able to put their unique talents to work for their communities. In addition, they receive the following benefits: pre-service orientation, on-the-job training from the organization where they are placed, and supplemental insurance while on duty.
Volunteers do not receive a stipend, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service, including meals and transportation.