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Senior Corps RSVP Program Offers New Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors

Are you 55 years of age or older with some extra time to offer others? Then you are eligible to join the RSVP program (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) and receive some program benefits!

RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community.

RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.

Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where they will serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty. RSVP volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service.

Examples of some new volunteer opportunities in Niagara County can be seen below:

Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital: 

“Cuddlers”: Volunteers would come in and hold the babies for three to four hours at a time and rock them.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University:

Receptionist: Greet people as they arrive, direct phone calls to appropriate people, of-fer helpful direction to visitors.
Gift Shop Attendant: “Man” the gift shop. Must be comfortable with cash register, handling money as well as familiarizing yourself with merchandise.

HEART LOVE & SOUL:
Kitchen Volunteers: Work along side staff to prepare and serve meals in our kitchen and dining room. Emergency Food Pantry Volunteers: Help clients to shop for their monthly groceries, schedule appointments, sort donations, and stock shelves.

For More information, please contact Kim Richbart, RSVP director, at 716-285-8234 ext . 216 or E-mail: richbart @hanci.com

**RSVP is sponsored by the Health Association of Niagara County, Inc. (HANCI). and is funded through a Federal Continuation Grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service. Additional funding is provided by the NYS Office for the Aging, the Niagara County Office for the Aging, the United Way of Greater Niagara, the United Way of the Tonawandas and other local contributions.

(Click here to view more volunteer opportunities):  RSVP volunteer opportunities brochure