RSVP stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Not retired? Don’t consider yourself a Senior? You can still volunteer with Northeast Iowa RSVP, a program whose mission is to engage persons age 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers. We are a point of coordination and serve Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties and currently have 321 volunteers in 58 stations. Last year our volunteers gave 26,756 hours of service to their communities resulting in an economic impact of $660,606. Many organizations would not be in operation without volunteers. The volunteers choose where they would like to serve and how much time they would like to spend volunteering. We offer one-on-one volunteer placement services to help find a good fit for an individual’s skill, talents, and interests that also matches a nonprofit’s needs. This provides a win-win relationship: nonprofits receive skilled volunteers they need and mature individuals who volunteer live happier, healthier lives. We also value the knowledge and experience of our volunteers. You will receive pre-service orientation and training from the organization where you will serve. Joining is free and there is supplemental insurance coverage when at a volunteer station.
We currently have stations in Disaster Services (Blood drives, Volunteer Reception Center, etc), Healthy Futures (Food Pantries, Backback programs, meal delivery, etc), Education (Reading buddies, preschool, Daycares), Nursing Homes (Reading and help with activities), Economic Development (Tax program and helping with donations), Cultural Heritage (Historical, Genealogy, museums), and others (Veteran programs Humane Society, etc). Our program is hosted by the Decorah Public Library and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Additional funding is provided by United Way of Winneshiek County, Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, Howard County Board of Supervisors, and Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors, the Marion E. Jerome Foundation, and local donors.
Why volunteer through RSVP? You, as a volunteer, is our main focus. We want to be sure you are finding your volunteer experience to be rewarding and personally satisfying. Also, being a part of RSVP allows us to incorporate the volunteer work you do in identifying the impact today’s 55+ population contribute to the health and welfare of their communities. Finally, tracking volunteer data is a valuable tool in detailing and highlighting how volunteers impact a community, what they actually accomplish, and just how valuable they are to the operation of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools, and health care facilities in our area. Without the tracking done by RSVP, the efforts of volunteers may remain unidentified in any comprehensive way. This leads to a total lack of knowledge as to the true impact of todays’ volunteers. In addition, the data collected is shared with Legislators and Congress, who then use the information to help determine future allocation of funds for volunteer efforts.
If you are interested in learning more or having me come to speak, please let me know. There is additional information on our website https://www.decorah.lib.ia.us/rsvp or you can contact Deana Hageman at 563-277-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org