RSVP is part of a national network of programs called the Senior Corps that recruits adults 55 and older to use their skills, talents and life experience to help meet community needs through volunteer service. RSVP is sponsored in northwest Iowa by Iowa Lakes Community College.
RSVP volunteers choose what they want to do, when they want to do it. Opportunities for service are as diverse as the volunteers themselves. Volunteers change lives by mentoring and tutoring young people. They deliver nutritious meals to home-bound older residents and drive people to medical appointments. They visit frail elderly people in their homes or in care facilities. RSVP volunteers work to protect the environment and promote homeland security through special activities and projects.
Whether teaching children or adults to read, providing needed transportation, or supplying support to local public and non-profit agencies, RSVP volunteers are making a difference in the lives of individuals, while at the same time, they are strengthening their communities.