Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

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    Volunteer for your community with RSVP

    Since 1973, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Washtenaw County has matched older adults who are willing to help local organizations on the front lines of meeting community needs.

    Today, RSVP Washtenaw has 300+ volunteers placed at partner organizations contributing 50,000 hours of service annually—equivalent to investing $1,207,000 into the community. The strength of our program is three-fold:

    • 1

      Volunteers

      We provide life-changing opportunities for volunteers ages 55 and over.

    • 2

      Communities

      We help meet the critical needs of communities by mobilizing tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service.

    • 3

      Agencies

      We strengthen public and nonprofit agencies by matching skilled volunteers with vital programs and services.

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    Benefits of RSVP 

    • RSVP volunteers will forge new relationships with people in their community and make a significant difference in the lives of others. 
    • RSVP provides tangible benefits for volunteers: Volunteers do not receive any monetary incentive or stipend, but the program does reimburse volunteers for certain out-of-pocket costs associated with their service activities. In addition, volunteers receive accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance, connection to a broader network of peers, newsletters, as well as community recognition. 
    • RSVP volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community. 
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    300+ volunteers placed at partner organizations

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    50,000 hours of volunteer service contributed annually

    $1,207,000

    Equivalent of $1,207,000 invested into our communities each year

    RSVP Administrative Team

    Amber Fellows
    RSVP Director
    [email protected]
    (734) 971-9781 x 364

    Emma Beltowski
    RSVP Volunteer Coordinator
    [email protected]
    (734) 971-9781 x 377

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    Take the Next Step

    RSVP is looking for volunteers! If you're at least 55 years of age and interested in volunteering in Washtenaw County, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected], or fill out our RSVP Volunteer Interest Form below:

    Through a personalized, one-on-one interview, we work with individuals to determine their skills, interests, and the right opportunity. Once a match is found, volunteers begin to serve for as many hours as their schedule allows. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

    For Volunteers: We offer a wide range of engaging volunteer assignments throughout Washtenaw County. Get started by exploring some of our current volunteer opportunities on VolunteerWashtenaw.org.

    For Agencies: RSVP volunteers bring a lifetime of experience. Find out how RSVP can help you plan, train, and recruit for successful volunteer placements that strengthen your organization and help you achieve your mission.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Since 1971, AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation for people 55 and over, has matched older adults who are willing to help with local organizations on the front lines of meeting community needs. AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP projects link the skills of the volunteers with the identified needs of the community. There are 750 RSVPs nationally and 20 sites in 18 countries internationally.

    You need to be at least 55 years of age and be willing to volunteer in Washtenaw County.

    RSVP is a national program. Please visit www.seniorcorps.gov/about/programs/rsvp.asp to find the RSVP nearest you. 

    Please go to www.volunteermatch.org for volunteer opportunities for people of all ages.

    First, you will make a significant difference in the lives of others. Second, you will be working with dedicated staff and within a broader network of peers. All RSVP volunteers receive recognition, supplemental accident insurance coverage, and most are also eligible for partial travel reimbursement.  

    RSVP has 50 partnering organizations ready to engage volunteers. RSVP members serve in many ways such as mentoring, tax assistance, tutoring children in after-school programs, conducting friendly visits to homebound senior citizens, delivering meals, and so much more!  

    You will go through a comprehensive one-on-one interview to help you connect with volunteer opportunities that suit their skills and interests.  To schedule an interview, contact our RSVP Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or (734) 971-9781 x377 or fill out our RSVP volunteer interest form

    Yes! When you contact RSVP you will be scheduled for a one-on-one interview with a placement expert who will work with you on finding the right opportunity that fits your skills and interests.

    Yes. All opportunities have training from our partner organizations. The length and nature of the training depends on the position.

    Of course! RSVP strongly believes in finding a volunteer role that suits what you want. Volunteering can be a fantastic way to discover new skills and interests that you never knew you had.

    RSVP Volunteer Interest Form

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