RSVP - The Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is a self-sponsored non-profit 501 (c) (3) Corporation, and has a demonstrated record of outstanding service to the elderly and other citizens in need of assistance in Nevada for over 43 years. Formed in 1973 to serve five rural counties, it has grown, with strong program and financial management to include 16 of the 17 counties in Nevada: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, Washoe and White Pine. The RSVP volunteer mission is to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for people aged 55 and older with a lifetime of experience, to serve in a variety of volunteer settings throughout their communities. The mission of the RSVP Independent Living programs is to help keep low income seniors independent and in their own homes as long as possible.
Last year over 1,000 RSVP volunteers in rural Nevada provided more than 92,000 hours of volunteer service to over 100 public and non-profit community agencies, and Nevada’s elderly population. RSVP has played a vital, social services leadership role in the communities we serve and continue to expand our role of assisting not only the low income and homebound seniors in our service areas, but serving all persons in need and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.
RSVP’s Independent Living Programs which help keep seniors in their own homes are:
All of RSVP’s independent living programs are free with the exception of the monitoring fee from Lifeline.
In addition, RSVP volunteers serve their communities through a variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies. RSVP volunteer activities include crime prevention, adult literacy tutoring, Medicare and Medicaid counseling, environmental surveys and education, center based nutrition programs, hospital volunteer service, public museum docent services, library services for the community and the homebound, computer assistance for the elderly and needy, veterans memorial services, USDA commodities food distribution, and many more.
In addition to the nearly 5,000 independent living program clients served, a very educated estimate of 10 times that number include Nevada citizens who benefit from RSVP volunteers serving in community non-profit organizations, agencies and institutions designated as Volunteer Stations, such as police and sheriff’s departments, hospitals and hospices, schools, libraries, nursing homes, senior centers, public museums, city, county and state agencies, homeless shelters, thrift stores, food banks, animal shelters and many more.
RSVP – An Invitation to Serve
RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.
RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national and community service programs that each year supports the engagement of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and older in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington D.C. The mission of the Corporation is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Independent Living Programs - RSVP’s direct service programs are part of a care-partnership with the care recipient at the center of the relationship. The family, volunteers, healthcare professionals and the community all work together to provide for one another in the partnership.
Transportation Program – Volunteers provide escorted door-to-door safe transportation for seniors and disabled persons giving them access to critical services including medical appointments, to pick up prescriptions, socialization and shopping.
Home Companion Program – Volunteers provide essential daily services such as talking to and spending time with seniors. Volunteers provide the emotional support, socialization, and human contact that is necessary for the homebound elderly.
RSVP’s CARE Law Program – provides pro bono legal services for low-income and homebound seniors. The program focuses on estate planning, durable power of attorney, wills, guardianships, Medicare, Medicaid, help with debt problems, probate issues and elder abuse issues.
Personal Emergency Response System – provides an emergency response system that gives immediate access to emergency services.
Veterans “Volunteers in Partnership” (VIP) Program – provides veterans with RSVP programs and works with NV Office of Suicide Prevention for suicide awareness; and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for wellness checks, emergency medical transport, and priority transportation to the VA Center in Reno.
Farmer’s Market Coupons – provides free coupons each summer for fresh fruits and vegetables, serving as a nutritional supplement for eligible seniors.
Respite Care Program – provides 24/7 caregivers who are exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed with regular breaks to provide relief and help them continue the care of their loved ones who are elderly as well as care for adults with a disability. Volunteers provide breaks 2 to 4 hours or more per week.
Homemaker Services – provides frail homebound seniors assistance with housekeeping such as dusting, kitchen and bathroom cleaning, floor maintenance, laundry and linen changing.
Resistance Exercise Program – provides light weights training; helping to keep seniors active and healthy, improving mobility, cognitive ability, and muscle strength.
Volunteer Stations – RSVP volunteers provide a variety of services to Federal, State, and local government agencies; non-profits; and health care facilities. RSVP matches the talents of individuals with the needs of our community.
Flexibility in Serving
RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities.
RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve from a few hours to more than 40 hours a week. RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services, such as:
Who can be an RSVP volunteer
RSVP provides service opportunities for those who want to make a difference in their communities while maintaining the flexibility to decide who and how frequently they serve.
What are the Benefits
RSVP volunteers are able to put their unique talents and a lifetime of experience to work for community, faith-based organizations and programs that are significant to them. In addition, they receive the following benefits:
“You treat me like family. You are all so courteous and helpful. Just to know you are there for me helps. I couldn’t stay home without your help.”
~RSVP Home Companion Client
“My mother recently passed away but I will always be grateful that she was able to live in her own home until the end. She was 97 years old. Thank you RSVP.”
“Because of my health condition I cannot drive myself anywhere. So your transportation program is very much appreciated in our rural town. No taxi or bus service here like in the cities. Again thank you very much.”
~RSVP Home Companion Client
“RSVP is a God-send, a true blessing! Pahrump does NOT have public transportation therefore I rely heavily on RSVP. Taxis are way too expensive!”
~RSVP Transportation Client
“I just want to thank RSVP very much and I’m very glad that RSVP exists otherwise I and many other seniors would not be able to get to long distance appointments. I feel blessed that RSVP exists. Thanks for all your wonderful services and for caring for people.”
~RSVP Home Companion Client