VOLUNTEER

RSVP engages passionate, dedicated adults ages 55+ to serve and strengthen our community. RSVP’s current programming serves children in preschool through Third Grade, homebound seniors, and families in foster care.

  • 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.
  • Ambassadors for Children: Assist at AFC in Springfield with tasks such as answering and directing phone calls; helping children, teen and young adults shop in the Kid’s Closet; helping teens in the Prom Closet, Inventory, along with other administrative tasks. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Reading Buddies:
    • Aged 55+
    • Training
    • Background Check
    • Love for Young Children and Reading
  • Shoppers:
    • Aged 55+
    • Training
    • Background Check
    • References
    • The desire to Serve a Homebound Senior
  • Pre-K Pals:
    • Aged 55+
    • Training
    • Background Check
    • Love for Preschool-Aged Children
  • Ambassadors for Children:
    • Aged 55+
    • Training
    • Background Check
    • The desire to help Foster Children, Teens, and Young Adults and their Foster Families
Learn More About Being a VolunteerWHAT IS A READING BUDDY?

IMMEDIATE NEEDS

General financial support is always welcome, as needs can vary in scope and urgency. In addition to providing a gateway between senior volunteer and clients, RSVP provides training, enrichment opportunities for seniors, books for the children and household items for the homebound seniors. 

Financial contributions save you a trip to the store and can also be used to purchase:

  1. Welcome bags for new homebound seniors to the program.
  2. Reading Buddy Bags for students.
  3. Training material for volunteers.

CONTACT US

Phone: 417-862-3595
Fax: 417-862-2129
Email: rsvpinfo@ccozarks.org

HOURS OF OPERATION

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

DROP IN ORIENTATION

RSVP offers drop-in volunteer orientation each month on the second Thursday morning at 10 am at Council of Churches, 627 N. Glenstone. This is an opportunity to learn about RSVP. Volunteer sign-up will be available at the end of the 30-minute orientation.

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