Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
On this page you will learn about the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
About the AmeriCorps Seniors Program
Center for Community Action is the sponsor agency for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Blair and Huntingdon counties.
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Through RSVP, older adults use the skills and talents you’ve learned over their lifetime and have opportunities to develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within their community.
Becoming an RSVP Volunteer is a simple process. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve. There are many nonprofit organizations that partner with RSVP to provide volunteer opportunities including Huntingdon Meals on Wheels, Area Agency on Aging, and the VA Medical Center, just to name a few. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation and training from the organization where they will serve. They do not receive monetary incentives but do receive benefits such as 3 types of supplemental insurance (accident, automobile liability and person liability) while on duty, inclusion in recognition events and mileage reimbursement as the budget permits.
Call Center for Community Action at 1-800-323-9997 and ask for Dorcey to find out more.
Funding for RSVP is provided through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Testimonials from volunteers
"I look forward to doing something each day and there is always a need for help. Right now, I am a telephone buddy making calls to Garvey residents to help keep them connected. But I think I benefit the most because I gain new friends and learn new things." – serving at Garvey Manor
"I volunteer because I enjoy it and it helps other people. I recently began serving at Contact Altoona and find that making calls to clients to remind them to take their medications really benefits them and gives them a chance to talk to someone." – serving at Blair Senior Services, Inc. and Contact Altoona
"I started volunteering through a club in high school and felt satisfaction in helping people. So, I kept volunteering at different places and ended up helping the past 14 years at the food bank which is a much-needed service for people in our area."– serving at Altoona Food Bank
"I can help others who can’t cook for themselves. And I have fun working and socializing with the other volunteers." – serving at Meals on Wheels of Huntingdon
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