RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP invites you to join over 450,000 volunteers across the country who are tackling tough issues in their communities.
Think of RSVP this way. Most people have been invited to a party or two in their lifetimes. Those invitations may have been marked, "RSVP," meaning that you were being asked to respond as to whether or not you would attend. Similarly, serving with RSVP is your way of responding to the invitation to make a difference in your community through volunteerism.
What do RSVP volunteers do?
RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with local organizations. For example, you may:
help children through Mentoring and Child Literacy programs
help the elderly through Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals, Senior Centers, Senior Fraud Education and Telephone Reassurance programs
help adults through Adult Literacy programs
help caregivers of severely disabled persons through Respite Care programs
help families through Food Pantry and Family Violence programs
help the environment by providing Environmental Awareness Education and Animal Rescue
help the missions of area non-profits through Capacity Building
help communities through Disaster Preparedness programs
Why should I become a volunteer?
When you volunteer, you're not just helping others - you're helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.
In addition, with RSVP you'll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and free supplemental accident, liability and life insurance while you volunteer. Plus, you'll be eligible to attend ongoing educational programs for volunteers offered by RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast, and you'll be invited to attend RSVP's annual Celebration of Volunteerism event in your area.
I don't live in Houston. Do you have opportunities in my area?
RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast has service opportunities available not only in Houston, but also throughout the following counties and their municipalities:
Ft. Bend County
Why should I volunteer through RSVP, instead of just going to my favorite organization directly?
RSVP takes care to screen the organizations it partners with in the community to ensure that they are truly working toward solving community problems. The organizations that partner with us agree to a number of standards that are designed to ensure volunteer safety and satisfaction. If you find that the volunteer opportunity you've chosen isn't a good fit for you, we can help you find another one that better suits you.
Best of all, people 55 and over who volunteer through RSVP receive some special volunteer benefits, all at absolutely no charge to themselves or the organizations where they serve. This is significant, since many organizations aren't able to provide these quality benefits to their volunteers, due to funding constraints.
Beyond your matching service, what are the special benefits extended to RSVP volunteers?
RSVP volunteers are covered by RSVP's supplemental volunteer insurance not only while engaged in their volunteer activity, but on the way to and from the activity as well. This coverage includes excess accident medical coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, excess volunteer liability insurance, and excess automobile liability insurance, all at no cost to the volunteer.
RSVP volunteers are provided access to ongoing educational programs presented by RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast and hosted by their volunteer stations. Topics include subjects like Avoiding Compassion Fatigue, Time Management for Volunteers, Improving Communication by Improving Listening Skills, and more.
RSVP also recognizes the efforts of its volunteers through annual volunteer appreciation luncheons in various locations throughout its service area. These luncheons feature food, entertainment, door prizes, and appreciation gifts, all in recognition of the difference that RSVP volunteers are making every day to make our communities better.
In addition to these benefits, RSVP also publishes a periodic newsletter featuring articles highlighting volunteers who go "above and beyond," stories about our partner organizations that are doing innovative work, volunteer opportunity listings, and other articles of interest to RSVP volunteers, partner organizations, and the community at large.
And, as if all that isn't enough, we even call RSVP volunteers on their birthdays to congratulate them and thank them for their continued service through RSVP!
How much does all of this cost?
These helpful benefits are provided completely free of charge to RSVP volunteers and our partner organizations. We can provide these benefits free of charge thanks to the generous support of RSVP's many sponsors.
That being said, don't think for a moment that these benefits are cheap. In fact, RSVP spends $300 per volunteer per year in order to provide this kind of support to its volunteers. With over 1,300 volunteers serving through RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast, you can see the value. This represents money saved to the partner organizations where RSVP volunteer serve, allowing these organizations to maximize the portion of their own funding that can be applied directly to the critical needs they are addressing.
Does the government pay for all of this?
Absolutely not. Although RSVP is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is an agency of the federal government, this represents only a portion of RSVP's funding. In fact, about 36% of RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast's funding comes from sources other than the federal government, including private foundations, businesses, and everyday people of good will who believe in supporting volunteers and the incredible work they do to make our world better.
How can I get started with RSVP?
Visit our Get Started page for an Enrollment Form and information on how to contact one of our Regional Offices.