Benefits of Joining RSVP

Most RSVP volunteers agree that the most important benefits of volunteering are the personal ones.  Studies show that people who volunteer have healthier, longer lives. Other benefits include working for social change, building teamwork skills, developing leadership abilities, interacting with and learning from people of other generations and cultures, and demonstrating love or appreciation for others.  The most important personal benefit is the self-satisfaction you gain from helping others. 
Other benefits from joining RSVP include:

  • Supplemental Insurance benefits - RSVP carries three categories of insurance to protect its volunteers traveling to and from their volunteer stations and while volunteering.  More information on insurance is provided in the volunteer handbook and at a volunteer orientation conducted for new members.
  • Mileage reimbursement – RSVP volunteers may receive assistance, if needed, to and from volunteer assignments and official project activities, including orientation and training meetings and recognition events. On-the-job related transportation costs are the responsibility of the volunteer station.
  • Bi-monthly newsletter – As a new volunteer, you are automatically enrolled on the mailing list for the Office for Aging Second Season newsletter, an informational newsletter with articles pertaining to aging issues, local events, RSVP information, etc. 
  • Recognition Event – RSVP has an annual recognition luncheon to recognize all of our wonderful volunteers. This event is available to all volunteers who have put in at least 48 hours of service the previous year from March 1st through the end of February.
  • Health Benefits - The Corporation for National and Community Service released a report in 2007 that summarized the impressive findings from a number of studies that have explored the relationship between volunteering and health.  While these studies may differ in terms of their specific findings, they consistently demonstrate that there is a significant relationship between volunteering and good health; when individuals volunteer, they not only help their community but also experience better health in later years, whether in terms of greater longevity, higher functional ability, or lower rates of depression.


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