RSVP Volunteer Program
Dove has two programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service
RSVP was been a program of Dove since 1974 and has a long history serving the community through volunteering.
SCP is new to our agency, begining April 1, 2020. We are excited to see its growth and service to many in need.
To learn more about the national program: www.nationalservice.gov
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
As we transition into Phase 4, we anticapate some stations being able to welcome volunteers back into their agency. Please check back for any updates.
Macon County Office
302 S. Union, Decatur, IL 62522
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
- 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.
Frequently Asked Q & A
Why should I sign up with RSVP if I am already volunteering?
When you join RSVP, you joins hundreds of other volunteers to demonstrate the wealth of caring and sharing among seniors, It eliminates stereotypes about seniors no longer contributing to their communities. You become a part of the RSVP ‘family’ and receive our modest benefits, invitation to recognition events, DoveTales newsletter, aid to finding the perfect volunteer ‘job’, and help with any problems related to your volunteer opportunity.
As a member of RSVP I wish to volunteer with other organizations, of which organization do I consider myself a part?
BOTH. Belonging to both organizations just makes you a part of the larger volunteer community. Very often you see volunteers wearing more than one name badge. It’s okay to be part of many organizations. The most important thing is to stay active and help in the community where it is needed.
Will I be getting called to do things all the time?
Not if you prefer. We let you tell us how many or how few volunteer opportunities are the right amount for you. If you let us know your preference, we can do a better job of matching you to a potential volunteer opportunity.
Why do I have to keep track of my volunteer hours on a time sheet?
The time sheet allows us to keep accurate records of who is volunteering, what they are doing, and how much time they are spending at a particular volunteer site. We use this information for reporting to the federal, state and local government as well as to organizations from whom we receive funding. It is also a way to track community needs because the time sheets show us where volunteers are putting in their time. Our records show others about seniors and what an asset they are to their community, and it certainly tells a powerful story about all of you.
As a volunteer with the RSVP program, what counts?
Here are a few answers:
- Transporting an elderly neighbor to the bank, grocery store, or to a doctor’s appointment
- Performing home repairs for a disabled couple down the street whenever they need help
- Driving Meals on Wheels routes
- Helping neighborhood kids with their homework
- Visiting someone in a nursing home
- Being a teacher’s aid at the local school
- Participating as a Board member for a nonprofit agency or serving on a City Commission
- Serving meals at a funeral dinner
- Sewing quilts for a fund-raising charity event
- Assisting at an information desk
- Being a host or hostess at the hospital waiting room.
Generally, if you volunteer for a nonprofit agency in the community or perform a service for which you do not get paid, it counts. Just put it on your time sheet, and if there are questions we will give you a call.
Senior Companion Program
302 S. Union, Decatur, IL 62522
The Dove Senior Companion Program (SCP) provides individuals who are 55 years of age or better, who reside in Macon County, and has a fixed and/or limited income
Senior Companion volunteers provide services to seniors in the person’s home and help senior adults achieve and maintain the highest possible level of independent living. Volunteers are also available to assist families in need of Respite.
Can you be a Senior Companion? Senior Companions are:
- At least 55 years of age or better and and live in Macon County
- Can volunteer at least 20 hours per week
- Have a fixed or limited income (in order to be eligible for the hourly stipend and other compensation)
- Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.
As a Senior Companion, you will receive:
- A Non-Taxable/Non-Reportable Hourly Stipend-$3.00
- Mileage/Transportation Reimbursement (requirements apply)
- Supplemental Accident/Liability Insurance while Volunteering
- Paid Holidays, Vacation, and/or Sick Days
- Paid Pre-Service and On-Going monthly in-service training
You do not need medical or technical skills to be a Senior Companion. All you need to know is how to be a friend and the desire to help another. Senior Companions offer senior adults contact with the world outside of their homes and to help make their lives less lonely and combats isolation.
The SCP Advisory Council meets monthly to discuss ideas for effective program practices and receive suggestions about how SCP can creatively provide tangible benefits to meet the needs of our homebound seniors and adults and families in need of respite services. The SCP program receives funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, fund-raising projects, and generous individuals in the community.
What do Volunteers do?
Volunteers are paired with homebound seniors. Activities may include
- Friendly visiting
- Preparing a light meal
- Help make a grocery list, or run to store
- Encourage movement and socialization
- Medication reminders
- Check in by phone
- Share community resources
- Offer respite services to family caregivers
Why be a SCP Volunteer?
The Senior Companion program recruits’ volunteers to give friendship and assistance to homebound seniors that have difficulty with daily living tasks. Senior Companions are also able to help provide family caregivers much-needed respite so they can take care of themselves.
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 lifestyle, share your skills and knowledge with homebound seniors while earning a stipend. Meet new people and make new friends, and you will be helping someone’s elderly mother, father, sister, brother… combat the isolation that comes with the inability to leave one’s home ensuring safety and services they may need are available and accessible to them.
SCP 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.
How do I Join?
Call our SCP Coordinator Kathy Walters at 217.428.6616 to see if you qualify.