Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community challenges through its programs, one of which is RSVP. RSVP volunteers recruit and manage volunteers, participate in environmental projects, mentor and tutor children, and respond to natural disasters, among many other activities.
Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation, RSVP engages more than 400,000 people age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Volunteeers tutor children, renovate homes, teach English to immigrants, assist victims of natural disasters, provide independent living services, recruit and manage other volunteers, and serve their communities in many other ways. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
RSVP Rockland is open to all people age 55 and over. Volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service, including meals and transportation.
In 1973, Rockland Community College received approval to operate a Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the first community college in the country to sponsor the program. RSVP of Rockland County now has more than 630 members actively assisting non-profit agencies and county government, providing services to more than 100,000 residents. Last year RSVP members served more than 100,000 hours.