RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provides older Americans the opportunity to apply their life experience to meeting community needs.
RSVP volunteers serve in a variety of nonprofit organizations, public agencies and faith-based groups. Through RSVP, senior volunteerism is recognized and encouraged at both the local and national level. In the recent program year, more than 232,000 RSVP volunteers delivered more than 40.4 million hours of service in their communities. Through community and faith-based organizations, RSVP volunteers served more than 329,400 veterans, mentored more than 78,000 children, and provided independent living services to nearly 797,000 elderly adults.
In July 2015, the Asian American Center of Frederick County received a grant to sponsor and operate an RSVP project to engage Frederick County retirees in volunteer service. RSVP of Frederick County volunteers will work to distribute food to families in need, furnish transportation services and provide health education and outreach programs and interpretation services. RSVP volunteers will also assist agencies with volunteer program development and work with the Commission on Aging to assist in the development of the ‘Villages’ concept, an option for the senior population to age in place. This year, Frederick County’s senior volunteers in community service will be numbered among the 83,900 senior volunteers who will serve at an estimated 232 local organizations nationwide in 41 states.