RSVP

Contact

1710 E Chestnut Expy
Springfield, MO
417-831-9696
Fax: 417-862-2129
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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) utilizes the experience and compassion of adults 55 and older to inspire hope in children through tutoring and mentoring.

Volunteers help Pre-k through third graders develop the social, emotional, and literacy skills needed to be successful in school and in life. They also provide grocery shopping services and social engagement to homebound Greene County seniors.

Eligibility Requirements

Students are referred to the program by their teachers. RSVP is free and accessible for all pre-K through third-grade students in participating schools.

Services

Pre-K Pals

Volunteers engage preschoolers in fun, literacy-based activities to help develop social, emotional, and literacy skills to equip them for success in kindergarten.

Reading Buddy

A Reading Buddy volunteer meets with a Kindergarten through third-grade student during the school day to ignite a passion for reading. A Buddy provides positive mentorship and encourages struggling readers. RSVP trains Buddies in reading strategies and tactics for at-risk students. The Reading Buddy program is available in Springfield and Willard Public Schools. 

Math Buddy

A Math Buddy volunteer meets with a Kindergarten through 3rd-grade student during the school day to improve math fluency in a fun and engaging method. Math Buddy volunteers lead hands-on activities and play math games one-on-one with a student, fostering positive self-esteem and demonstrating students can succeed. RSVP trains Math Buddies and provides resources to support students’ learning. The Math Buddy program is available in Springfield Public Schools.

Serve

Any person 55 years and older with a heart for children and a passion for education is eligible to become an RSVP volunteer. Volunteers are required to attend training before serving. All RSVP volunteers must complete all volunteer application requirements of the district they choose to serve, including a background check. 

Support

Donate Frequently Needed Items

  • New Books for ages 4-10
  • Stickers
  • Sight Word Cards
  • Pencil Boxes

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