RSVP of SI Volunteer Program

Senior Corp ExpansionThe Egyptian Area Agency on Aging has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support 100 volunteers serving in the southern twelve counties of Illinois. The grant will expand RSVP’s presence in Southern Illinois that are not served by an RSVP project.

RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people age 55 and over. Volunteers use the skills and talents learned over their lifetime, and develop new ones, while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within their community.

Through RSVP of SI, volunteers will:

Become a volunteer. Choose how, when, where, and how often you want to serve. Volunteers serve anywhere between 2 and 40 hours a week at locations within their community. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the volunteer station, supplemental insurance while are duty, RSVP gear, and recognition. Volunteers age 55 and over can request reimbursement for their mileage and lunch costs.

The counties served in Southern Illinois counties include the following.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community," said John M. Smith, Director of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging. "Delivering meals, visiting the homebound and mentoring our youth are building blocks for improving communities, and volunteers can help. With the help of volunteers We can make our communities GREAT Again!"

Anyone wishing to volunteer his or her services can call the RSVP of SI at 1.888.895.3306.

RSVP logoEstablished in 1971, Senior Corps RSVP projects engage Americans age 55 and over in "citizen service" that addresses the nation’s most pressing challenges. While serving, RSVP of SI volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.

In 2016, more than 208,000 volunteers served in communities across the country. Through community and faith-based organizations, RSVP volunteers served more than 300,000 veterans, mentored more than 78,000 children, and provided independent living services to more than 797,000 older adults.

According to the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, more than 21 million Americans age 55+ contributed more than 3.3 billion hours of service in their communities. Based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, their collective service provides a yearly economic benefit valued at $78 billion.

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