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.
WHO CAN JOIN?
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.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN?
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.
SENIOR CORPS/RSVP MEMBERS ARE EVERYWHERE!
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
firstname.lastname@example.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.
SENIOR CORPS/RSVP - STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION
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
ELDER SERVICES OF CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
Toll Free: 800-244-4630
Agency Website: www.escci.org