What we do – and why it works for volunteers, agencies, and the people who need help
RSVP of Lake County matches the skills, talents, and experience of adults age 55 and over to important community-needed volunteer opportunities. Currently, RSVP of Lake County has over 800 active volunteers serving over 70 non-profits and health care agencies.
Through an ongoing process of interviews with agencies and prospective volunteers, RSVP identifies the critical needs of the community and of the agencies serving our community, and fill those needs with RSVP volunteers. We've been called a "volunteer placement agency."
RSVP is a national program affiliated with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), but we have a Lake County office and a local focus. We place volunteers in non-profit organizations, health care agencies, and community programs in Lake County from Eastlake to Madison, from Timberlake to Concord – and everywhere in between.
The program is funded locally by the Lake County Senior Citizen Services Levy. RSVP has been sponsored since its inception in 1973 by the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District, which provides office space, internet, phones, and bookkeeping services. Our RSVP office is located in Willoughby at The Willoughby-Eastlake Technical Center of the W-E School District.
What our volunteers do
Our volunteers tutor children, repair roofs and garages, and fill in with office work for over-burdened government and non-profits. They serve on boards of directors, help with fundraising and publicity, drive invalids to medical and other appointments, and they deliver meals-on-wheels to those who can't cook for themselves. In addition, volunteers work with RSVP itself as Ambassadors, speaking to groups to promote volunteering, as gift wrappers during the holiday season to raise money, and with special events.
We are part of a national movement
Across the country, the CNCS's volunteers in Senior Corps and Americorps have done tremendous good for the United States. They have improved the lives of millions of our most vulnerable citizens by helping children learn to read, caring for the frail elderly, rebuilding communities struck by disasters, transforming failing schools and revitalizing communities. They have done this both through direct service and by mobilizing millions of additional volunteers.
We invite you to join us in this national movement with local impact.