RSVP…Experience in Action
WHAT IS RSVP?
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program engages citizens 55 years and better to serve in their communities. RSVP serves as a one-stop clearinghouse to connect volunteers with meaningful volunteer work. RSVP members involve themselves at no cost with one of several RSVP-sponsored community impact volunteer stations based on their schedules and interests.
WHY JOIN RSVP WHEN I ALREADY VOLUNTEER?
RSVP volunteers do not actually volunteer for RSVP. Rather, volunteers become a member of a national organization that includes over 450,000 volunteers. When you enroll, you receive free benefits as part of your membership. Click here to find out more.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO JOINING RSVP?
- Meeting new friends and neighbors in your community.
- An invitation to the annual recognition event.
- Assistance with volunteer site placement.
- Quarterly newsletter (The Volunteer Bugle).
- Monthly social and educational events (Coffee hour).
- Free supplemental Volunteer's Insurance Service.
- Mileage reimbursement to defray the cost of volunteering (limited funds)
- Improved chance of good health, personal happiness and well-being.
- Self-fulfillment and personal satisfaction.
Members of RSVP must be 55 or better to enroll. To register, you must complete the Enrollment Form and return it to the RSVP Office or submit your information online using the APPLY TO BE A VOLUNTEER button below. Please read our Volunteer Handbook .
WHY DO I HAVE TO RECORD HOURS?
RSVP is operated through a federal grant and hours are collected to demonstrate that the senior population is active and vital to our communities and nation.
HOW MANY HOURS DO I HAVE TO VOLUNTEER TO REMAIN AN ACTIVE MEMBER?
Members must complete and submit at least one volunteer hour every 12 months to remain active with RSVP. This minimum requirement keeps you on the mailing list for the newsletter, the volunteer recognition event, and current for your supplemental insurance.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO VOLUNTEER?
If you are unable to serve for more than 12 months, please contact the RSVP office. We will place you on the inactive list so that you will continue to receive mailings and RSVP information. When you are ready to serve, just call and we will happily return you to the active list.
WHAT IS A VOLUNTEER STATION?
Any agency, nonprofit, educational, faith based or health care institution that has a signed agreement with RSVP is called a volunteer station.
WHERE CAN I VOLUNTEER AS AN RSVP MEMBER?
RSVP members may choose from a list of stations in both Shawnee and Douglas Counties that have a signed agreement with the RSVP Office. The signed agreement is necessary for mileage reimbursements and to maintain a member’s supplemental insurance. If you have a volunteer site that is not on the list, please feel free to contact the RSVP Office to discuss potential recruitment efforts with the RSVP Director.
HOW CAN I FIND A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY?
You can contact the RSVP Director Michelle Kaberline at 785-228-5124 to request help in finding a volunteer opportunity or you may search on the list of Volunteer Stations.
CAN I VOLUNTEER AT MORE THAN ONE STATION?
You can volunteer as frequently and at as many stations as you want. Please keep track of all your service activities on one type of form and submit it to the RSVP office by the quarter deadline.
HOW OFTEN ARE HOURS / REIMBURSEMENTS SUBMITTED?
Hours and mileage are submitted quarterly to the RSVP Office. Members may submit hours more often such as weekly, monthly or as the form is filled.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY HOURS / MILEAGE?
RSVP members that want to be reimbursed for mileage need to submit hour(s)/mileage information to the RSVP office using the Volunteer Timesheet form by the quarter deadline. Members may choose one of the ways below:
- Online using the ENTER HOURS SERVED button below OR
- Mail the form(s) to 1315 SW Arrowhead, Topeka, KS 66604, OR
- Fax the form(s) to 785-273-2467, OR
Did you know that by 2030, one in every five Kansans will be over the age of 65?
RSVP is a volunteer program that encourages individuals age 55 and better to remain active in the community through service work. As an incentive, RSVP provides participants with volunteer match assistance, supplemental insurance, and mileage reimbursement.
Many agencies depend upon the time and skills of volunteers to increase capacity and promote goodwill. The RSVP staff can assist local agencies by recruiting, enrolling and highlighting volunteer assignments to senior volunteers. Becoming a RSVP station is a simple and free process that can only Benefit Your Organization. It as easy as these 3 steps:
- Complete a Memorandum of Understanding with the RSVP Office
- Submit written descriptions for all volunteer jobs
- Meet with RSVP Coordinator to review Volunteer Station Policies.