RSVP -  Lead With Experience

Put Your Experience to Work

rsvpRSVP shows how you can apply the skills and wisdom you've acquired throughout your life to make a positive difference in the lives of others. 

The RSVP program provides opportunities for people age 55 and over, with a variety of life experiences, to volunteer in their community. Volunteers are matched with multiple organizations, giving countless opportunities such as:

* Healthy Futures:  Respite and caregiver assistance, emergency food and Meals on Wheels, access to care

* Education:  School readiness, K-12 success

* Veterans:  Serving veterans and military families

* Economic Opportunity:  Housing, employment and financial security

* Environmental Stewardship:  Improvement of parks and public areas, collecting and recycling

* Disaster Services:  Preparedness training, mitigation, emergency services, counseling, renovation/rehab

* Capacity Building:  Garnering donations, food collection, recruiting/training/managing volunteers

 

For more information or questions, please contact:

Rebecca Jackson- RSVP Director

Click address to email: rsvp@charlestonareaseniors.com

Or call: 843.722.4127

Benefits of Volunteering

You've gained a lifetime of experience. Now is the time to put your skills and talents to good use by volunteering through RSVP. Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone - such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment - are worthwhile reasons to serve.

When we share our time and talents, we:

* Solve problems

* Strengthen communities

* Improve lives

* Connect to others

* Transform our own lives

Research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

Older volunteers are the most likely to receive greater benefits from volunteering. Because they are more likely to face higher incidence of illness, volunteering provides seniors with physical and social activity and a sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing.

To read more about the benefits of volunteering, click here

Download:  The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research