Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Southern Iowa

What We Do

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Southern Iowa is dedicated to connecting senior volunteers with community organizations in Decatur and Ringgold counties in southern Iowa. RSVP of Southern Iowa believes the skills of seniors can aid in strengthening our communities in a variety of ways. Through partnership with local schools, emergency management organizations and other community organizations and associations, it will be possible to bring new ideas and abilities to our area. 

Where We Serve

RSVP of Southern Iowa serves the following counties:

  • Decatur
  • Ringgold

Who We Serve

RSVP aids in connecting retired individuals 55 years of age and older with community organizations. These connections allow volunteers to serve as much or as little as they want or need. Some volunteers may serve 40 hours per week, while others may serve only a few times a year for community events. 

Why Volunteer?

  • To make a difference
  • To learn new skills
  • To make new friends
  • To share skills
  • To help the community
  • To build your resume
  • To enrich your education
  • To improve health
  • To have fun

About RSVP

RSVP, along with Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents, is part of the National Senior Service Corps, which is under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Although every RSVP project has to follow specific federal regulations, each project is unique, able to acclimate itself to the community it serves by addressing the respective community’s needs. Most projects have a local sponsor, who takes the responsibility and oversight for the development and direction of the program.

In approximately 1996, RSVP projects across the nation started gearing up to acclimate themselves to the idea and process of outcome measurement of the services provided by their volunteers. This was a big change for RSVP, yet it was a positive change, as now RSVP could show a much better picture of the value of those services.

Now, years later, RSVP projects nationwide are measuring outcomes of services provided. Although challenging and daunting at times, this outcome measurement reflects a more accurate picture of RSVP and volunteers.

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