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Senior Volunteering 55+ (RSVP)

RSVP is funded and supported by the Corporation for National & Community Service and OneOC

RSVP, formerly the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, is a free members-only program, through the Corporation of National Community Service for adults 55 and better.

Established in 1971, RSVP is one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation with more than 400,000 volunteers. OneOC hosts more than 1,300 volunteers in Orange County in education, health & nutrition and public safety programs.

You choose where and how often you want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours a month to 40 hours per week.


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Benefits

  • Personalized Matching — RSVP Orange County has over three decades of experience in matching volunteers with opportunities to meet community needs.  We are here to find you the right opportunity for your passions, skills, interests, and YOUR schedule
  • Volunteer Insurance — excess accident medical coverage and automobile liability insurance while volunteering
  • Transportation Reimbursement — to and from your volunteer location, helping to defray the increasing costs of service
  • Recognition — members are eligible for annual recognition including the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, special events and more
  • Educational Events — gather with civilly-engaged citizens while improving and or developing skills as a volunteer
  • RSVP Communications — newsletters, e-news, website including new opportunities, events, training opportunities and more

RSVP volunteers in Orange County donated over 220,000 hours last year to community service. The estimated value of a volunteer hour in California is $23.29 (Independent Sector study).  Based on that figure, OneOC RSVP volunteers offered over $5 million in service!

Every hour you volunteer is a valuable contribution that needs to be documented for our reports. Our funding sources require that we compile statistics and describe the activity of the RSVP volunteers. In fact, the statistics are reported to Congress. Also, complimentary insurance benefit provided to you is valid only when your hours are reported on a monthly basis. Reporting of hours is also important in our efforts to recognize every volunteer’s contribution.

Your volunteer site has a time sheet on which to track your hours. Please be diligent about the accurate and timely reporting of your hours. We cannot accept hours submitted more than one month late.

Under the national rules of RSVP, we are not permitted to include volunteer time for political organizations or for volunteer jobs where the primary duty is fund raising. Additionally, we can only accept volunteer hours from sites that have a current partner agreement with our RSVP office.

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

I’m not retired yet. Can I still be an RSVP volunteer? YES! Anyone 55 and over is welcome to be an RSVP volunteer.

I’m not 55 yet. Can I still be an RSVP volunteer?
Unfortunately not as an active RSVP Member, but OneOC has many opportunities for volunteers.

I’ve just moved here, lost my spouse, retired, etc. and I’m not sure I want to make a commitment right now.
If you try a regular activity and it doesn’t work out, just let the organization and the RSVP staff know that you’d like to change your schedule, or perhaps take a break from volunteering. You can always continue again at a later date.

I’ve never worked outside the home, or volunteered before. Would I be able to be an RSVP volunteer?
Yes, there’s something for everyone. Many homemakers are modest about their skills and abilities, but we know everyone has something to offer. We have opportunities that don’t require an office or workplace background. And our staff is available to help new volunteers feel comfortable and answer any questions they may have about starting up as a volunteer.

I’m restricted to my home because of health, transportation, etc. Would there be meaningful community service for me?
Sure, we have some folks involved in a “telephone reassurance” program, calling and checking in with home bound seniors. Several volunteers do special clerical and computer projects at home, or make phone calls for the RSVP program. We are also always searching for additional projects. Contact us to discuss your choices.

Contact Us

We are always glad to hear from you!
RSVP Volunteers/Members, contact:
Maria Lemus
Volunteer Services Coordinator
714-953-5757 x 130
[email protected]


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