Retired & Senior Volunteer Program

rsvp_circle.pngMacon County Office
302 S. Union, Decatur, IL 62522
DeWitt County Office
803 W. Leander, Clinton, IL 61727

What is RSVP?

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been sponsored by Dove, Inc. since 1976. RSVP works with individuals 55 and older to enhance their volunteer roles in their own communities. RSVP recruits volunteers and nonprofit agencies and matches their respective skills and needs. The program has no restriction based upon experience, education, disability, race, income, religion or current employment. The amount of service can vary from a few hours a month to almost full time depending upon your preference.

The Advisory Council meets monthly to discuss ideas for effective program practices and receive suggestions about how RSVP can creatively provide tangible benefits to meet the needs of the community. The RSVP program receives funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, Senior Corp division, the Illinois Department on Aging, fund-raising projects, and generous individuals in the community.

What do Volunteers do?

Volunteers work with nonprofit agencies in the community. Examples are:

  • deliver books and meals
  • be a classroom aide, mentor or tutor
  • data entry, answer phones and filing
  • guide museum and zoo tours
  • quilt, knit, crochet or sew
  • clothing rooms or gift shops
  • offer respite care
  • assist in hospitals
  • friendly visiting
  • mailings
  • translate periodicals into Braille
  • test blood pressure
  • call Bingo or play a musical instrument
  • environmental guides
  • teach dancing or exercise classes

The variety of wondrous and delightful adventures is limited only by your imagination.

Why be a RSVP Volunteer?

The time you give and satisfaction you receive comes back to you many times over. You will have the opportunity to remain active and involved which promotes a healthier life style, share your skills and knowledge with people and organizations who need your expertise, meet new people and make new friends, and you will be contributing to the improvement of your community.

RSVP provides volunteers with additional accident and liability insurance while they are volunteering.   Volunteers are the most valuable resource of this program, they are appreciated daily, and formally recognized for their dedication. In addition, RSVP volunteers receive the bonus of many opportunities giving back to the community and socializing with others.

How do I Join?

Filling out an enrollment form begins the membership process. Print out the application or contact a staff member for additional information. Orientations are given in small groups and individualized to meet people's needs. Staff will then assist you to find a volunteer opportunity that is just right for you.

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RSVP volunteers who served in FY '16


Average age of volunteers

Women: 69%, Men: 31%


Community service hours celebrated in FY '16


Volunteer sites


Types of volunteer tasks performed

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