AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP
AmeriCorps Seniors is the federal agency for volunteering and national service for those age 55 or over. The program makes service to others the cornerstone of our national culture and an indispensable part of the American experience. It provides opportunities to address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement.
Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands is an AmeriCorps Seniors grantee and receives funds through their RSVP program. Partnered with 70 non-profit and government agencies, AmeriCorps Seniors are making waves in the communities of Cape Cod and the Islands.
AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteers Are Everywhere!
You will find over 500 members of AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers helping at dozens of non-profit agencies throughout the Cape and the Islands, including:
Service Center and Food Pantries
Wild Life Sanctuaries
Schools and After-School Programs
Crisis Intervention Programs
Volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels, drive patients to medical appointments, assist families in crisis, and visit the homebound. Other volunteers can 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 AmeriCorps Seniors or would like more information please contact the RSVP Staff at (508) 394-4630. You can also complete a Registration Form below. Once we receive your registration form, we will contact you to schedule an interview and complete additional registration documents.
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Application
Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming an Elder Services AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the “Submit” button at the bottom.
Who Can Join?
Any person age fifty-five and older can become an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer. 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 coordinator will explore with you the types of volunteer experiences that might best suit your skills and interests.
After the CORI check is completed, you will be referred to one or more volunteer stations 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 AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers may be asked to attend training at their volunteer station. Training is free of charge.
Why Should I Join?
By joining AmeriCorps Seniors 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.
All of your service with AmeriCorps Seniors counts as part of the 4,000 hours of community service requested of each American over a lifetime.
All AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are covered by free accident and liability insurance while they are volunteering.
Elder Services also provides funding so that limited mileage reimbursement is available to volunteers. Plus there is an annual recognition event and more local and specialized volunteer get-togethers throughout the year.