What is RSVP?
RSVP is the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and acts as a valuable clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities in Garfield County for seniors as well as being a catalyst for developing a new corps of executive and professional volunteers. In Garfield County High Country RSVP is an invitation for you to serve your community - to tap into your rich life experiences, skills, and talents to help meet the needs and challenges of America's communities - one county at a time, starting with your own!
We recruit, train, and place senior volunteers (55 +) in volunteer placements that utilize their skills and abilities to serve others in the community, while maintaining flexibility to decide who and how frequently you choose to serve.
High Country RSVP is partially sponsored by the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal Senior Corps program. Our RSVP is sponsored locally by Colorado Mountain College. RSVP volunteers serve in various capacities including the coordination of VITA tax and Medicare D counseling programs, the senior nutrition program, and the senior transportation program.
RSVP members volunteer to help deliver hot nutritious meals, serve as Citizens On Patrol with the Sheriff's office, provide needed respite for caregivers, mentor Garfield County youth, and provide needed administrative services for the many nonprofits, government, and educational institutions in Garfield County. They are responsible for the creation and maintenance of specialized programs to address needs in the community and have also been important in advocating for seniors in Garfield County. Our members serve from a few hours a week, to many days per month. Members volunteer at one agency or with many at over the month. Still others prefer short-term projects that make an instant impact and then move on to the next project. High Country RSVP works to enhance the volunteer experience in Garfield County by providing:
Volunteer placement assistance
Fun social activities
Supplemental, secondary insurance while volunteering
- Volunteer recognition
More than 325 seniors in Garfield County are active volunteers in RSVP providing more than 95,000 volunteer hours throughout the county. This is a regional economic impact greater than $1,923,750.00! "Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action."
- Helen Dyer
The mission of Garfield County High Country RSVP is to provide quality services and volunteer opportunities that enrich the lives of men and women age 55 and older, through meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their valuable time and abilities in vital, beneficial service to our community by creating programming that reflects the multiple and compelling needs of Garfield County and that creates a effective solutions to gaps in resources.
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." -George Washington Carver
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RSVP is the bridge between Seniors, their experiences and community needs!