The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Shawnee and Douglas Counties strives to engage individuals age 55 and over in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers through community service work and personal development.
RSVP Volunteer Opportunities include: Food delivery, Companionship, Transportation, Food Distribution (packaging and distributing), Food Pantry, Training for Emergency Preparedness, Financial Mentoring, Tax Filing Assistance, Building Homes (Habitat), Mentoring Pre-school kids (Head Start), Mentoring School-age Students and Tutoring K-12 Students.
Volunteers find this work rewarding, knowing they are making a difference for the future of this community. Contact the RSVP office to get involved: (785) 228-5124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFITS OF JOINING RSVP
- Meeting new friends and neighbors in your community
- An invitation to the annual recognition event
- Assistance with volunteer site placement
- Quarterly newsletter (RSVP Bulletin)
- Monthly social and educational events
- 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
HOW TO ENROLL
Members of RSVP must be 55 or older 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 above. Please read our Volunteer Handbook .
RECORDING VOLUNTEER 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.
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.
HOW CAN I FIND A VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY?
You can contact the RSVP Director 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 may volunteer as frequently and at as many stations as you want. Please keep track of all your service activities on the Volunteer Time Sheet 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. RSVP quarters end on: January 5th, April 5th, July 5th, October 5th. 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 Time Sheet form by the quarter deadline. Members may choose one of the ways below:
- Online using the yellow ENTER HOURS SERVED button at the top of the page OR
- Mail the form(s) to 1315 SW Arrowhead, Topeka, KS 66604, OR
- Fax the form(s) to 785-273-2467, OR
- Email the form to RSVP@UnitedWayTopeka.org
If there are any questions or concerns please contact the RSVP Coordinator, Virginia Tillery, at (785) 228-5124 or email her at Virginia.Tillery@UnitedWayTopeka.org.