RSVP Volunteer Program of Galveston County (RSVP) Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors
"The Sealy Center on Aging is honored and committed to support such meaningful outreach and engagement among the senior community."
- Dr. Elena Volpi, Director of UTMB Sealy Center on Aging
The UTMB Sealy Center on Aging has supported RSVP of Galveston County since 2002. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Volunteers are engaged in projects supporting food and diaper banks, veterans, adult day programming, LGBT youth and adults, Meals on Wheels, health education and many other areas. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where they will serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.
Under the authority of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and of providing a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.
Above: RSVP Volunteers packing backpacks with daily living necessities (soap, socks, blankets, shampoo, etc) for homeless veterans in Galveston during the 2015 MLK Day of Service.
A Selection of RSVP Activities & History
The RSVP Senior Volunteer Program at SCoA sponsored a one-day Poverty Simulation event that gave participants the opportunity to experience a month living in poverty. 91 participants signed up to learn more about the obstacles that poor people face in their day-to-day lives. 20 vendors represented various agencies, work places, schools and other services. Participants were expected to earn income, provide for their families and watch over children. Offenders were sent to jail and CPS could remove children.
Overall, 68% of attendees reported an increase in their level of understanding of the circumstances of poverty after participating in the simulation. Some comments included, "I was surprised how fast I jumped into a role of survival" and "I was confused by the places I had to go, the coldness of trying to get help and the desperation I felt".
Thanks to Ritchie Adoue, Program Director for the RSVP program and Rob Ruffner with GCMAP for organizing this event.
We value your time. The 2015 Fact Sheet from our funding agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service estimates a 12-fold return on investment of senior's time in programs like ours.
We hold an annual luncheon with prizes from businesses across the county to show appreciation for your efforts and gather together for a wonderful time.
Galveston area mayors proclaim April 7th as the Day of Recognition Honoring Volunteer and Community Service. Special thanks to Ritchie Adoue!