Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
What is RSVP? Who we are and what we do!
RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a free program through the Corporation of National Community Service. RSVP strives to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults 55 and better while meeting local needs and responding to priorities of national significance.
You have gained a lifetime of experience. Now is the time to put your skills and talents to good use by volunteering through RSVP.
Benefits of volunteering with RSVP
- Personalized Matching: SNHS RSVP has over three decades of experience in matching volunteers with opportunities to meet community needs. We are here to find you the right opportunity for your passions, skills, interests, and your schedule.
- Volunteer Insurance: Excess accident medical coverage and automobile liability insurance while volunteering.
- Recognition: RSVP members are eligible for annual recognition including the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards, special events and more.
- RSVP Communications: Newsletters, e-news, website including new opportunities, events, training opportunities and more.
Benefits of working with RSVP staff to fill volunteer positions
- Personalized Volunteer Recruitment and Matching: RSVP staff will work closely with stations to find the best match through development of volunteer position descriptions, recruitment efforts, placements and addressing any issues/concerns.
- Let us help you recognize your volunteers! RSVP is dedicated to recognizing our volunteers and holds annual luncheons as a small way to say Thank You for all the time they invest in their community. Station representatives are welcome to work with RSVP staff to specially recognize volunteers.
- Volunteer Insurance: RSVP Volunteers placed at your location are covered through free supplemental insurance.
- RSVP Communications: RSVP Stations will receive RSVP quarterly newsletters. The newsletters inform stations of RSVP events and provide a way for stations to celebrate their volunteers. RSVP staff encourages stations to contact RSVP staff if they would like to include a story or recognize volunteers.
There are many volunteer opportunities in our communities that need you! RSVP staff is ready to help match your talents with a need in the community. If you are a station representative seeking volunteers we can help you! Call us today; we are always glad to hear from you.
Linda Trust, Volunteer Services Program Manager
(603) 634-1169 (Manchester, NH)
Donna Konop, Healthy Futures Program Coordinator
(603) 598-9421 (Nashua, NH)
Download the RSVP brochure.
History of RSVP
In 1969, an amendment to the Older Americans Act was added that helped to establish the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, in 1971 to help create volunteer opportunities for retired persons. With the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, the Older Americans Volunteer Program was reauthorized as the National Senior Volunteer Corps (NSVC) under the National and Community Service Trust Act. RSVP, a part of senior programs of the NSVC, was renamed the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program to reflect the new reality that not all older volunteers were retired.
The changes that the RSVP program has experienced throughout the years reflect the changing faces of senior volunteer-ism in America. The program continues to grow, and as it grows, RSVP will continue to provide opportunities for all seniors to answer the call to service.
RSVP is a part of Senior Corps, along with Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
To learn more about the Corporation for National and Community Services please visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/