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 Senior Corps/RSVP

The Senior Corps/RSVP is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) and a program of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. Elder Services began its sponsorship of Senior Corps/RSVP in 1993 joining 750 other RSVP chapters throughout the country.

Today, we have over 500 volunteers serving on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in three key areas:


         Adults Benefiting Children (ABC)

         Friends and Neighbors (FANS)

         The Senior Environment Corps (SEC)

Each of our 90 Service Partners use Senior Corps/RSVP members to address a "serious local need" which has been identified through research and assessments.  Service Partners must also provide potential volunteers with a Service Activity Description approved by the Senior Corps/RSVP office.

This job description will outline the training and resources needed to perform the service, the length of time the service is expected to take each week, whether the service is long or short term, and, finally, what the measure of success will be. Twice a year Senior Corps staff report back to CNCS and Congress on the impact that our members are making in the community.


Any person age fifty-five and older can join Senior Corps/RSVP.  There are no minimum requirements for education or experience.  At your initial interview, you will be asked to complete an application and to show proof  of your identity in order for staff to conduct a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.  Also, at that time our volunteer coordinators will explore with you the types of volunteer experiences which might best suit your skills and interests.

After  the CORI check is completed, you will be referred to one or more service partners for a second interview.  They may require an additional CORI check as we are prevented, by law, from sharing your information with other agencies.

New Senior Corps/RSVP members may be asked to attend training at their service partner agency. Trainings, with few exceptions, are free of charge.


By joining the Senior Corps/RSVP you are joining an elite group of experienced volunteers who are performing meaningful community service.  You will know that the service you provide makes an impact on the community.

The Senior Corps/RSVP is also part of the U.S. Freedom Corps after the attacks of September 11, 2001. All of your service with Senior Corps/RSVP counts as part of the 4,000 hours of community service requested of each American over a lifetime.

All  members of Senior Corps/RSVP are covered by free accident and liability insurance while they are volunteering.

Elder Services and Barnstable County also provide funding so that limited mileage reimbursement is available to volunteers. There is an annual recognition event and more local and specialized volunteer get-togethers throughout the year.


You will find over 500 members of the Senior Corps/RSVP working at dozens of non-profit agencies throughout the Cape and the Islands, including:

         Service Centers and Food Pantries

         Wildlife Sanctuaries

         Schools and After School Programs

         Transportation Programs

         Crisis Intervention Programs

         Joint Base Cape Cod

Volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels, drive patients to medical appointments, assist families in crisis, visit the homebound and read to the visually impaired.  Other volunteers can also be found testing homes for radon gas, leading osteoporosis prevention exercise classes, maintaining trails at the National Seashore and protecting endangered species.

If you would like to join the Senior Corps/RSVP, please call Linda Merrill-Contonio at 508-394-4630 or 800-244-4630 Ext 522 or email Linda at

linda.merrill@escci.org. You can also click on the Registration Form below.

If you are located in the Mid-Cape area, we can interview you closer to home. Our office is located at 68 Route 134 in South Dennis.


Amy Henderson, RSVP Program Director     Ext 520



Ann Gallagher, Three R's Coordinator     Ext 521



Linda Merrill-Contonio, Volunteer Coordinator    Ext 522



Anita Lord, Senior Environment Corps, Fieldwork Coordinator Ext. 523



Stefanie Paventy, Senior Environment Corps, Fieldwork Coordinator

At Joint Base Cape Cod - 508-968-5125





Phone:  508-394-4630

Toll Free:  800-244-4630

Fax:  508-394-0608


Agency Website: www.escci.org

[Click here for more information from the Corporation for National & Community Service Website] 

[Click here for a Registration Form to become a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer]

[Click here for a form to Report Volunteer Hours] 

[Click here for a list of Current Volunteer Opportunities]

[Click here for a Printable Contact List]