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?
As an RSVP volunteer, you receive many benefits. Studies have shown that those who volunteer are less likely to become ill and to maintain a more positive outlook on life. Volunteering keeps seniors active and provides a chance to form new friendships and social connections. Throughout the year, RSVP provides special recognition opportunities to volunteers for their hard work. Recognition may include special events, gifts, awards, and so much more.
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 Opportunities 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. 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.
- Floor Captains: Residents of senior independent living communities provide social interaction, companionship, communication, meal preparation & delivery, and plan activities for other residents.
- Assisting Veterans: Volunteers assist at local non-profits to reduce food insecurity amongst homeless veterans.
- Non-profit Assistance: Volunteers provide clerical support at a variety of local non-profit agencies.
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) 255-6671 phone
(904) 255-6688 fax
Volunteer Opportunities & Information
Email RSVPinfo@coj.net or call (904) 255-6655.
City of Jacksonville - Senior Services Division
150 E. 1st Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206