RSVP of SI Volunteer Program

Make Our Communities Great Again!

Senior Corp ExpansionThe Egyptian Area Agency on Aging has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support 100 volunteers serving in the southern twelve counties of Illinois. The grant will expand RSVP’s presence in Southern Illinois that was not previously served.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community," said John M. Smith, Director of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging. "Delivering meals, visiting the homebound and mentoring our youth are building blocks for improving communities, and volunteers can help. Together we can Make Our Communities GREAT Again!"

Our Local Program

Our vision is to be known in Southern Illinois as a reliable and dynamic source of rewarding volunteer opportunities that meet critical human needs in our communities.

RSVP of SI accepts volunteers age 18 and over. Volunteers complete an enrollment form, receive pre-service orientation, and are trained by the local volunteer station for the task at-hand. Volunteers are covered by our supplemental insurance. RSVP's insurance covers reimbursement of out-of-pocket costs for injuries and auto accidents that the volunteer's primary insurance does not cover while they are volunteering. In addition, we reward our volunteers with unique RSVP gear (shirts, medals, awards, etc.)

Volunteers age 55 and over can also receive reimbursement for their mileage and lunch costs.

Among other activities, volunteers of RSVP of SI will:

Volunteers choose who, what, when, where, and how often they want to serve. We ask volunteers to be committed for the long-term and between 2 and 40 hours a week at locations within their own community in Southern Illinois.

Volunteering helps individuals and their communities grow, makes a difference, and saves money for the organizations receiving the volunteers' help. Volunteers give their time, talent, wisdom, and experience to their community. Volunteering also add to the volunteer's own quality of life. By donating their time and skills, volunteers help make organizations achieve their goals. Finally, being a part of a national movement helps to transform America.

pdf iconVolunteer Interest Form pdf iconVolunteer Enrollment Form pdf iconVolunteer Handbook
pdf iconVolunteer Timesheet & Mileage Form    
     
pdf iconVolunteer Insurance Guide pdf iconHow to Complete Proof of Loss Form pdf iconProof of Loss Claim Form

Our Service Area

Volunteers can choose from over 40 different volunteer stations located throughout Southern Illinois. The counties we serve in Southern Illinois include the following.

Contact us and help...Make Our Communities Great Again!

Anyone wishing to volunteer his or her services can call the RSVP of SI at 1.888.895.3306.

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The National Program

Senior Corp LogoOne of three Senior Corps programs, the national RSVP program is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people age 55 and over. Volunteers use the skills and talents learned over their lifetime, and develop new ones, while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within their community.

Established in 1971, Senior Corps RSVP projects engage Americans age 55 and over in "citizen service" that addresses the nation’s most pressing challenges. While serving, RSVP of SI volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering.

In 2016, more than 208,000 volunteers served in communities across the country. Through community and faith-based organizations, RSVP volunteers served more than 300,000 veterans, mentored more than 78,000 children, and provided independent living services to more than 797,000 older adults.

According to the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, more than 21 million Americans age 55+ contributed more than 3.3 billion hours of service in their communities. Based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, their collective service provides a yearly economic benefit valued at $78 billion.

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