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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

What are your skills? What are your interests? Do you know there are places in your community…schools, hospitals, social service organizations…that are looking for people like you to help? We encourage all adults 55 and better to join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and put your experience to work.

A 2007 Corporation for National and Community Service study stated, “People who volunteer not only help their communities, but reap mental and physical health benefits as well.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service also reports, “Those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who don’t volunteer.

“Volunteers often experience the upbeat feeling referred to as ‘helper’s high,’ along with increased trust in others and increased social and political participation.

“Older adults tend to receive greater benefits from volunteering than other age groups do. “

If this sounds interesting, and you have the time, come and join us. We will find an opportunity that is suited to your interests and lifestyle. Remember as an RSVP volunteer, you make your choice of volunteer assignment and decide how much time you devote to your volunteer experience.

We are expanding our focus areas to include:

Disaster Services:

Become a member of a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and train to help in a disaster. Both Manchester and Nashua are stepping up their efforts to have volunteers ready.

Economic Opportunity:

The Thresholds and Decisions Program allows inmates to access program benefits that contribute to enhancing their financial literacy and money management skills. There are two 12-week sessions a year. The program is perfect for someone who wants to volunteer in the spring or fall.

Education:

Help third graders sharpen their written communication skills by becoming a Pen Pal. Through the exchange of monthly letters, you share your experiences with a child while helping them improve their spelling, penmanship and connection to the community. This program runs during the school year. There are programs in both Manchester and Nashua.

Tutor or read to children in local schools and Head Start Programs.

Environmental Stewardship:

Did you know that RSVP has its own Recycling Program? We are going green by collecting old toner cartridges, ink cartridges, cell phones, digital cameras, GPS devices and MP3 players. We are happy to help you recycle these items and credit you with volunteer hours for doing so. We have locations in Manchester and Nashua.

Do you like to be outdoors? The Massabesic Audubon Society is looking for people to help at their Auburn, NH location. Help maintain their beautiful trails or work on one of their conservation programs. Become a docent and help educate people in many areas of nature, animals and the ecology of the world around them.

Healthy Futures:

Healthy Futures is the biggest and most active focus area for RSVP volunteers in both Manchester and Nashua. If you are interested in ensuring the health and well-being of children and adults, the opportunities here should be of paramount interest!

The RSVP Fixit Corps seeks volunteers who can do minor home repairs for elderly or disabled homeowners.

Become a Bone Builder Leader and deliver a simple and fun exercise program that helps curb and prevent osteoporosis.

Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens in both Manchester and Nashua are always looking for people to sort, bag, prepare and serve food.

Meals on Wheels needs people to prepare, deliver meals, or serve at a congregate meals site.

Veterans and Military Families:

This is a relatively new focus area and we are exploring ways for RSVP volunteers to support Veterans and Military Families. We will be updating our needs as we go forward with implementing volunteer opportunities in this area.

 

There are many other volunteer opportunities in our communities as well. Our Volunteer Services Team is ready to help you find that perfect volunteer placement.

 

For Opportunities in Manchester, including Bone Builders or RSVP Fixit Corps, Manchester:  Contact Jennifer Sanders, Volunteer Services Director, 60e-634-1169 or jsanders@snhs.org

For Opportunities in Nashua (including the Nashua-based RSVP Fixit Corps): Contact Heather LaTourette, RSVP Program Coordinator, 603-634-1169 or hlatourette@snhs.org.