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Goals of the Senior RSVP Program

The AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program pairs thousands of Americans aged 55 and older with organizations that are improving lives across the country.


AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who serve in our RSVP program choose how, where, and when they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. Among the goals of the program are:

  1. Develop a variety of opportunities for community service for older people willing to share their experience, abilities, and skills for the betterment of their community and themselves.

  2. Ensure that volunteer assignments are consistent with the interests and abilities of the volunteers and the needs of the community served.

  3. Ensure that volunteers are provided needed orientation, in-service instruction, individual support and supervision, and recognition for their volunteer service.

  4. Provide reasonable opportunity for community and volunteer involvement and support in development, operation, and appraisal of the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP project.

  5. Develop local support to supplement available federal sources and ensure that program expenditures are incurred at the lowest possible cost consistent with the effective operation of the project, as required by AmeriCorps’s legislation.

  6. Cooperate with agencies and organizations involved in the fields of aging and volunteerism.

  7. Develop a sound, locally controlled senior volunteer program with continuing community support.

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