The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) engages persons age 55 and older in activities which meet community needs and is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation. RSVP volunteers have been serving in our communities since 1973 enriching the lives of us all.
Benefits to the volunteer include:
- Forty community Volunteer Stations/Agencies and hundreds of volunteer assignments to choose from.
- Recognition of volunteer service.
- While serving volunteers are covered by additional/supplemental insurance at no cost to the volunteer or Volunteer Station.
- Volunteering and civic engagement are the cornerstones of a strong nation and a strong community.
- Volunteers are shown to have higher levels of happiness, life-satisfaction, self-esteem and a sense of control over their lives.
- Psychological and physical health is often improved with volunteerism.
- Resumes can be strengthened when a history of volunteering is noted.
- Volunteering demonstrates a commitment and willingness to work for the betterment of communities.
RSVP at Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc. works to link the skills and life experience of volunteers with identified community needs. Current needs show a need for volunteer service to help frail elderly and disabled citizens safe in their homes, Veterans and their families, disaster preparedness, and capacity building (fundraisers) for community service organizations. In-home services include meal preparation, light housekeeping, making appointments, yard work, small home repairs, fixing hair, gathering mail, transportation to medical appointments and shopping, and a host of other services. Veterans and their families also need in-home services and transportation. Disaster preparedness activities for our most at-risk citizens, the disabled and frail elderly, are another community volunteering priority. Dozens of area food pantries and food banks, Veterans organizations, missions, civic organizations and more depend upon RSVP volunteers to help provide fundraising activities to fund their projects that serve the low-income and at-risk community citizens. These funds provide food for families, help with utilities, clothing, Christmas gifts for low income children, rental assistance, fuel assistance and much more. Volunteers also serve in activities for economic development, education, crisis services, hospitals, environmental education, nursing homes and assisted living centers, arts and historical preservation.
Funding for RSVP comes primarily from The Corporation for National and Community Service. Funding is also received from the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors.