RSVP Volunteer Program
Who we are....
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 (check out ARToberFEST, D'Feet Breast Cancer; Galveston Homes Tour and more)…… Or you can offer any amount of your time to help at a food pantry, provide clerical work, serve/deliver meals, assist with fundraisers, bulk mail-outs, spend time visiting elderly patients in the ACE Unit at UTMB, help out at an animal shelter and several other fulfilling volunteer activities!
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 refer to that section in this website.
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon……
We know your time is valuable and like to recognize you each year with a nice luncheon and prizes. Businesses from across the county generously contribute items, services and gift cards to show you their appreciation for your efforts. It is a time for all of us to gather, see old friends and share stories……
Why not just volunteer on my own, without RSVP?
You can do that, of course. All volunteer efforts are wonderful. Here is the difference. In addition to the free additional insurance coverage you receive, there is something really important that happens. The RSVP office operates under state and federal grants. In order to continue receiving the grant money we must submit reports regularly. When your volunteer work and related hours are submitted to our office, they are totaled and ultimately reported to the state and federal legislatures. From local government on up, 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!
RSVP Volunteer Program
Sealy Center on Aging
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0177