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RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers to participate with local non-profits in the Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren County areas. This is a national volunteer service operating through Community Action of Southern Kentucky. The program is open to all adults over the age of 55 who are dependable and willing to complete their assignment. Some of the current assignments are with senior centers, food banks, churches, ombudsman programs, and other agencies.

We now have a Facebook page dedicated to RSVP activities! Click the Facebook logo to the left to visit our page!

History

RSVP is a volunteer program funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). RSVP began nationally in 1971, and is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation. It matches local needs with older Americans who are willing to help. Each year approximately 100 older Americans provide community service to around 7,000 individuals through an estimated 27 locally sponsored RSVP projects. Volunteers involved in this program serve in the areas of senior services, military support, food security, home-delivered meal programs, tax preparation assistance, and other community needs.

Locally, volunteers serve in Allen, Barren, Logan, Simpson, and Warren counties. The average amount of service provided by volunteers varies with the average hours of service per month being about sixteen hours a month. Volunteers involved in this program serve in all areas of community needs.

Volunteer Opportunities

RSVP volunteer opportunities are as diverse and unique as our volunteers. Because we reach into so many counties RSVP is involved in a number of volunteer programs, some that transcend county lines and some which are localized to a need in that particular county. RSVP also conducts our own unique programs through Community Action and our partnership with Community Services.

Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment as an RSVP volunteer, a person must be 55 years of age or older, willing to serve on a regular basis without compensation, and reside in or nearby the community served by RSVP. Eligible seniors serve anywhere from a few hours a month to almost full time, though the average commitment is four hours a week. Most volunteers are paired with local community organizations that are already helping to meet community needs.

Benefits of the Program

RSVP volunteers are not paid, but may request reimbursement for some costs incurred during service. RSVP provides appropriate volunteer insurance coverage, and volunteers receive pre-service orientation and in-service training from the agency or organization where they are placed. We also offer FREE training for those who wish to become a lay leader to teach evidence based programs. Those programs include Arthritis Exercise Program, Matter of Balance, and Chronic Disease Self Management Program.

Each year, to show appreciation to our volunteers, we host an annual Volunteer Appreciation Recognition Luncheon. Our volunteers are served a delicious meal, provided with entertainment, socialization, and gifts as a token of our appreciation to the Volunteers.

Apply to Volunteer!

If you would like to volunteer for one of the opportunities listed below, please fill out this application because we would love to have you! It can be filled out and returned to one of our RSVP contacts listed below via email, mail, or drop-off.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Commodities Volunteer
  • Food Pantry Support
  • Health Education Leader/Evidence Based Program Instructor
  • Military Coupon-er
  • Ombudsman Volunteer
  • RSVP Event Volunteer
  • Emergency Food Pantry Support
  • Friendly Visitor
  • Home Meal Delivery Aide
  • Office Assistant
  • Phone Pal
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Downloads

  1. What is the current mileage reimbursement rate? We are currently paying $0.40/mile reimbursement.
  2. How do I turn in my time sheets and when do I turn them in?Each volunteer station representative will have a bank copy of the time sheet. We can mail/e-mail you one, or you can download a copy below. They are submitted monthly and need to be in by the 10th of the month.
  3. What is the insurance RSVP Volunteers are covered under? We provide Accidental Insurance (if you were to get hurt on the job), Life Insurance, and Liability Auto Insurance (to and from your workstation). For more specific information, please refer to Page 14 of the RSVP Handbook, available as a download below.

RSVP Handbook

Current Volunteers: Timesheet

RSVP Contacts

RSVP in our five-county area is coordinated at Community Action's central office, at 921 Beauty Ave, Bowling Green, KY. If you have questions about the program, you can contact Gwendolyn Wood, RSVP Coordinator, at (270) 782-3162 ext. 126, or email her at gwood@casoky.org. You can also contact Lindsey Chaffin, Program Director, at (270) 782-3162 ext. 136, or via email at lchaffin@casoky.org.

Funding Source

The program sponsored by Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc. receives an annual grant from the Corporation for National Service. Programs, Inc. In kind contributions, donations, and fundraising activities also provide vital support for the program.