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RSVP matches community needs with older adults willing to help. The Illinois Department on Aging helps fund Illinois RSVP sites, which are operated through Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.


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A volunteer might...

  • Tutor or mentor at-risk children
  • Build homes for low income families
  • Teach computer skills
  • Make hospital visits
  • Organize neighborhood watch programs
  • Help communities recover from natural disasters
  • Teach English to immigrants

Individuals age 55 and older utilize their skills and experiences to help their communities. They can serve from a few hours a week to forty hours a week in one or more efforts. Volunteers receive a pre-service orientation, followed by on-the-job training from the agency or organization where they are placed. While on duty, volunteers also receive supplemental insurance.

RSVP members include skilled carpenters, data entry workers, counselors, nutrition site aides, friendly visitors, income tax aides, newsletter editors and others.

RSVP volunteers get involved to...

  • learn new skills
  • feel productive
  • network
  • give something back to their community

  RSVP Sites  

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RSVP offers positions in hospitals, schools, home-delivered meal programs and community service agencies.

To view a list of RSVP sites in Illinois, link to the Senior Corps Web site.


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For more information on RSVP or how you can volunteer, contact...

See also publications and Web sites related to this program:

Section Links

Foster Grandparents Program
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
More Volunteer Programs
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