About the Retired Senior Volunteer Program

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Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

In 1969 the United States Congress passed legislation under the Older Americans Act creating the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Modeled after a project called SERVE (Serve and Enrich Retirement by Volunteer Experience). RSVP has grown from the original eleven sites to over 707 programs operating in all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Curry County RSVP was established in 1986. Currently we have approximately 10 volunteer sites with just under 200 senior volunteers. In one year, Curry County Senior volunteers served over 48,000 hours to our community. We are growing everyday and welcome all of our volunteers to join in to support our community.


The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) promotes the concept of productive aging, providing individuals, age 55 and older, with meaningful work, while utilizing them as community builders. RSVP seniors, through a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, provide major cost saving to agencies and municipalities and make a significant impact on critical community needs.

The purpose of RSVP is to enrich retirement for older adults through significant volunteer work at non-profit agencies and organizations throughout Curry County. RSVP encourages seniors to bring a lifetime of talents and experience, skills and hobbies to the community projects and organizations needing volunteer assistance. With the help of an RSVP Program Director, interests and skills of potential volunteers are assessed and matched with requests for service in community agencies and organizations.

Without the assistance and dedication of RSVP volunteers, these agencies and organizations would be unable to continue many of their services, and the needs of thousands of people in our county would go unmet.