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, engages passionate, dedicated adults ages 55 and older to serve and strengthen our community.  RSVP’s current programming serves children in preschool through third grade, home-bound seniors, and families in need of food.

Volunteers can read weekly with an elementary-aged student (Reading Buddies program time estimate 1 hour once a week), shop for groceries for a homebound senior, assist in a preschool classroom, or help at the Crosslines Food Pantry and Community Resource Center.

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Hours of operation

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

Current need

  • Reading Buddies and Pre-K Pals – Volunteers for Fall 2017
  • Homebound Shoppers – Immediate Volunteers
  • Crosslines – Immediate Volunteers

What to expect

  • Reading Buddies: Provide one-on-one reading tutoring and mentoring during the school day to an elementary student in kindergarten through third grade (Christian, Greene, or Webster County).
  • Homebound Shoppers: Provide grocery shopping services and social engagement to a Greene County senior, 60 or older, that is home-bound due to physical and/or mental health reasons.
  • Pre-K Pals: Assist preschool children in Springfield to develop the social, emotional, and literacy skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.
  • Crosslines: Assist at Crosslines in Springfield with tasks such as carrying groceries to vehicles, answering and directing phone calls, and stocking the food pantry.

Eligibility requirements

  • Reading Buddies: Aged 55 or older, training, background check, love for young children and reading.
  • Homebound Shoppers: Aged 55 or older, training, background check, references, desire to serve a homebound senior.
  • Pre-K Pals: Aged 55 or older, training, background check, love for pre-school aged children.
  • Crosslines: Aged 55 or older, training, desire to serve those in need.

Are you interested in volunteering?

Partial funding for RSVP and its programs comes from the United Way, the Greene County Senior Citizens’ Services Tax Fund, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more about the United Way here.

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