What Is RSVP?
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation—matching community entities with individuals age 55 and over who are willing to help. RSVP volunteers choose how and where they wish to serve, and can even choose how many hours and what days they are available.
What Are The Benefits Of Being An RSVP Volunteer?
In addition to the personal satisfaction an individual derives from living in a community where people are involved and work to solve problems, RSVP volunteers are a vital part of improving the quality of life in our city for all residents. Studies have shown that those who volunteer are less likely to become ill and to maintain a more positive outlook on life.
The services of a professional staff who work hard to match an agency's needs with the interests of those looking for volunteer fulfillment is second to none. There are so many reasons to be an RSVP volunteer, such as socialization, fraternization and RSVP recognition events that it is difficult to find a reason not to volunteer!
What Do RSVP Volunteers Do?
RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services to a variety of non-profit agencies, schools, and government programs. The volunteer may choose to provide assistance to veterans, beautify the St. Johns River, read to elementary school students and so much more. Many volunteers choose an assignment for the new challenge it offers. Regardless of an individual's skill, experience, interests or goals, they will be an enormous resource and benefit to our community partners and the people they serve.
RSVP Volunteer Assignments Include:
There are so many needs in a community as large as Jacksonville. This list includes just a few examples. If you do not see an area that matches your interest or skill set, do not hesitate to contact us.
Community partners may include schools, hospitals, non-profits, disaster relief, veteran and environmental agencies, City Hall, other local government agencies and so much more.
Common RSVP projects may include:
- Tale Tellers: Volunteers read to Duval County Public School pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade children who come from disadvantaged families. Tale Tellers are provided with training on reading techniques, child development methods, cultural diversity and other topics that increase their effectiveness to make the time for both the Tale Teller and child enjoyable and promote a positive learning experience.
- SWAT (Senior Workers Available Today): Volunteers participate in short-term assignments, such as preparing bulk mailings, staffing health fairs, assisting and preparing for special events, and more.
- CARE (Caring Adults Reaching Everyone): Volunteers are residents of independent retirement communities who collaborate with management to ensure the safety of the building and residents as well as provide social interaction, companionship, communication and planned activities.
- Disaster Services: Volunteers provide a multitude of assistance and services to residents of the community who have been affected by a disaster.
The RSVP Advisory Council offers guidance and support to the RSVP staff; help plan activities and fundraisers, and assist with recognition events. Members represent a cross-section of business leaders and senior citizens.
RSVP is sponsored and funded by the National Senior Service Corps, Corporation for National Service with matching funds from the City of Jacksonville, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Senior Services Division.
(904) 630-0460 phone
(904) 630-0511 fax
Volunteer Opportunities & Information
Email RSVPinfo@coj.net or call (904) 630-0998.
City of Jacksonville - Senior Services Division
150 East 1st Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206