RSVP (AmeriCorps Seniors 55+ Volunteers)
What is it?
RSVP, AmeriCorps Seniors is the largest national network for people age 55 and up who want to make a difference in the community. Through a federal grant from AmeriCorps, UWGKC mobilizes a diverse group of volunteers to leverage their skills and experiences to address community challenges, while providing a social network of their peers.
RSVP is enriching the lives of older adults by connecting them with meaningful and rewarding community volunteer experiences, while creating measurable community impact through their service.
How does it work?
RSVP partners with area non-profits to help recruit and train for successful volunteer placements that strengthen their organization to achieve their mission.
RSVP Volunteers are serving in a variety of roles including:
- Mentoring and tutoring children
- Working in food pantries
- Supporting healthy aging through:
- Friendly calling program or home visits
- Driving seniors to medical appointments
- Delivering groceries or meals to seniors
- Providing Opioid abuse awareness
- Helping with prescription assistance programs
- Serving on non-profit boards and committees
- Many other activities that meet community needs.
RSVP matches volunteers with opportunities, provides training, support and recognition. Volunteers receive free supplemental accident/liability insurance coverage while volunteering. Service hours, with measurable impact, is reported to national/state/local agencies to show impact.
Volunteers make new friends, learn new or enhance skills, and cultivate community ties. They gain an increase in health benefits - sense of purpose and fulfillment, self-confidence; reduce stress levels and risk of depression.