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RSVP Volunteer Program

Who are we?

RSVP volunteers are folks age 55 and older who want to participate in an activity or project that helps the Galveston County community. There are no time requirements. You can jump into a project that happens once each year like D'Feet Breast Cancer or Walk to End Alzheimer's. If you have more time to volunteer, you might consider helping at a food pantry, serving/delivering meals, assisting with fundraisers, spending time visiting with or making calls to elderly persons living alone, helping verterans returning home and several other fulfilling volunteer activites!

RSVP Volunteer Program

We are here to help you find a location that offers an opportunity you will enjoy. There is something for everyone and plenty of needs awaiting you in the community.

How does RSVP get funded?

The Sealy Center on Aging, within the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), supports the RSVP volunteer program and is funded in part through state and federal grants under the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). There are also community partners who offer financial and in-kind support to the program.

What are the benefits of becoming an RSVP volunteer?

We are always searching out non-profits in need of volunteers. As a result, you will have access to a variety of volunteer opportunities that you may not otherwise be aware of. We want you to find volunteer work that is near and dear to you.

If you are actively volunteering with RSVP, there is third party liability insurance coverage provided. Please contact us for more information.

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon:

We know your time is valuable and like to recognize you with an annual luncheon and prizes. Businesses from across the county generously contribute items, services and gift cards to show their appreciation for your efforts. It is a wonderful time for all of us to gather, see old friends and share stories.

Why not just volunteer on my own, without RSVP?

Volunteering on your own is a worthy commitment, but joining us ensures not only that you are covered by insurance, but also that grant funding is awarded to RSVP so that your volunteer work and related hours are submitted to our office, totaled and ultimately reported to the state and federal legislatures. From local government to the top, we are telling those who decide state and federal budgets that these areas you serve in are of particular need within our county. This helps our local Representatives to fight for funding where the need is indicated. Your work benefits the community as well as creates awareness among our leaders!

What type of volunteer work is needed?

There are many types of volunteer work throughout Galveston County. Volunteers help in their communities in a variety of ways. Getting involved may include putting information in packets for a mail-out; answering phones or greeting visitors; helping to cook and serve meals; assisting food pantries by stocking shelves or handing out food items; making minor home repairs, painting or taking part in a Habitat home construction; providing hospice care; becoming a member of a board of directors; working with children in a variety of settings; volunteering as a city council member; neighborhood safety/crime avoidance; fundraising; or checking on the elderly by telephone or home visits. These are just a few of the volunteer opotunities available... there are many additional opportunities waiting for you to become involved. Contact our office to find out more.

Where is volunteer work needed?

You can volunteer anywhere you feel you are most needed and most comfortable. Below is a list of the locations where we do volunteer work. Getting involved is easy and the rewards are priceless. Get involved by contacting our office at (409) 771-3044 or e-mailing RSVP Director Richie Adoue at raadoue@utmb.edu to find out how you can make a difference in your community!

How do I get involved?

RSVP Volunteer Program
Sealy Center on Aging
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0177
Phone: 409-266-9660
Email: raadoue@utmb.edu

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