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Connecting People to Purpose!

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
of Des Moines County Iowa
(319) 753-8155

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What is RSVP?

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is an incorporated non-profit agency that offers persons age 55 and older the opportunity to serve their community in a variety of volunteer assignments.

What do RSVP volunteers do?
RSVP is in partnerships with over 50 area non-profit agencies, organizations, schools and health care facilities that have identified needs within their organizations that RSVP volunteers can fill. Examples of some of volunteer positions include:
  • Tutoring/reading with school children
  • Journaling project volunteers with students in the 4th-6th grades
  • Entertainers-singers and dancers
  • Nursing home activity volunteers
  • Summer reading program volunteers
  • Craft Projects (knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing)
  • Senior Center volunteers
  • Delivery of meals to homebound
  • Congregate meals Volunteers
  • Transportation assistance
  • Bulk mailing assistance
  • Clerical Assistance
  • Court Mediation
  • Library Assistance
  • Hospital volunteers
  • Museum services
  • Friendly Visiting

Who is eligible to join RSVP?
Anyone 55 or older, retired or semi-retired, who is available to serve several hours per month, is welcome to join. There are no restrictions based on income, education, or experience. To apply for membership, call the RSVP office at 319-753-8155.

What are the benefits of membership?

 It is a proven fact that being connected and feeling useful is good for your health! Join RSVP and we’ll match your skills and interests to those who can benefit the most from them in our community. You’ll make new friends, be an honored guest at the RSVP recognition dinner and receive our quarterly newsletter. In addition, while you on a volunteer assignment you’ll be covered by accident, personal liability and excess automobile insurance.

What are the responsibilities of membership?

You will be responsible for recording your volunteer hours. In most cases, the volunteer coordinator on site will return your timesheets to the RSVP office. If a situation arises and you unable to volunteer for a scheduled assignment, you will call either the RSVP office or volunteer station. Inform volunteer station and RSVP office if you have an accident while volunteering. All RSVP volunteers must adhere to all policies of the volunteer station, especially as it concerns matters of confidentiality.

Start a new chapter in your life today
by becoming active and involved through RSVP!

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