267
Seniors actively volunteered to serve their community through 58 area organizations.
15,410
Hours of service provided by RSVP seniors.
580
Students paired with 150 Reading Buddies in 49 area elementary schools.

RSVP formerly known as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and an outreach service of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. RSVP connects seniors aged 55 and older to service opportunities in our community.

Volunteers can read weekly with an elementary aged student (reading Buddies program time estimate 1 hour once a week); prepare and package meals at either one of the two senior centers in Springfield; deliver prepared meals to homebound seniors; shop for groceries for homebound seniors.

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Hours of operation

M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm

Current need

Tutors for Reading Buddies Program and volunteers for the Homebound Shopper program

2016 touched a lot of lives

RSVP senior volunteers provide social support and grocery delivery to homebound seniors, mentoring and literacy support to help bridge educational and relationships gaps for at-risk elementary students, and disaster education and emergency preparedness to a neighboring community. Through the RSVP Reading Buddy Program, 580 students were given 1,234 new books to take home and practice reading to improve their literacy. Because of the dedication and commitment to service by volunteer seniors age 55 or older, many community needs are provided to the most vulnerable children and seniors in our community. A RSVP volunteer just told us, “ All my life I have gotten paid for the work that I do, but volunteering for the Homebound Shopping Program is the best payment I’ve ever had”.

– Kristy Frans, Director

What to expect

Reading Buddies students are partnered with help from staff at schools in participating districts and each RSVP participant in the program undergoes a background check. Recipients of the Homebound Shopper program can work with their assigned RSVP volunteer to determine if service will be weekly, monthly, bi-weekly, and so on.

Eligibility requirements

  • READING BUDDIES: Children grades K-3 in Christian, Greene, and Webster Counties. For seniors 55 and older
  • HOMEBOUND SHOPPER: Seniors aged 60 and older living in Greene County who have difficulty shopping for themselves due to disability, immobility, or other concerns are eligible.
  • HOMEBOUND MEAL DELIVERY: Seniors aged 60 and older living in Greene County are eligible.
  • DAILY MEALS AT THE SENIOR CENTER: Seniors aged 60 and older living in Greene County are eligible.

Are you interested in volunteering?

Partial funding for RSVP and its programs comes from the United Way. Learn more about the United Way here.

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