If you are 55 and older have interest in volunteering in Lake County, Ohio you have come to the right place. RSVP of Lake County assists over 70 different non-profit agencies in finding volunteers to fill their agency needs.

Please download the VOLUNTEER ENROLLMENT FORM, complete and mail to the RSVP office. Once we receive the enrollment form, we will call you to arrange a Volunteer Interview at the RSVP office in Willoughby. During your volunteer interview we will take the time to learn your interests, desires, time availability and explain the RSVP program details to you. You will receive a RSVP nametag, RSVP pin and Volunteer Handbook.

During your interview we will discuss different volunteer opportunities with you and refer you to an RSVP agency.

Basic RSVP Guidelines:

  • RSVP is required to collect volunteer hours on a monthly basis for federal reporting
  • Many volunteers record their own hours and mail in their hour form to RSVP
  • A signature by a paid staff person is needed on every volunteer form
  • Volunteers are members of RSVP but volunteer for a non-profit agency
  • Volunteers are eligible for RSVP insurance ONLY if they are volunteering for an RSVP member agency and are a registered RSVP member
  • All volunteers must be interviewed before being enrolled as an RSVP member
  • Mileage reimbursement is for volunteers in FINANCIAL NEED
  • RSVP does NOT do background checks on volunteers, that is the responsibility of the non profit agency.


City of Wickliffe is in need of volunteers to assist with their recycling collection coming up on May 10th from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Wickliffe Service Garage, 28730 Ridge Road in Wickliffe.  Volunteers will need to help remove bags and boxes of paper for shredding from cars.  There will be people to help lift heavy bags, just need to help with general paper shredding bags. Email or call RSVP if you can help for even a portion of the day.


Do you exercise often? Do you consider yourself an exercise buff? A local agency is in need of a volunteer to lead exercise activities to improve healthy living for men and women. Classes would be in a home with 6-8 people in a large room 3-4 times a week. You don’t have to commit to all days- just what you are willing. Call and speak with Cristen for more details on this opportunity.

If you enjoy working with children outside a school setting this is a terrific opportunity. Assist on Friday mornings and some evenings (you pick when you want to do it). Sit with the children and play, read books, supervise their play area while the parent is attending meetings with advocate and learning how to improve their parenting skills. It would be for four hours a week. There is mandatory training for this agency – May 3 and May 10 from 9-4 pm.

A local agency is looking for seasoned parents to mentor new parents in a Parent Mentoring Program. This would be for 2-4 hours a month and you and the client set the schedule. This is a great flexible schedule volunteer opportunity. Assist a young, new parent with advice from your years of experience! Training will be mandatory as well as a background check.

Do you enjoy driving? RSVP has a request for volunteers to cover M-W-F from 7 am -10:45 am to pick up donated food from Chardon, Painesville and Mentor restaurants. It is a 12 passenger van and an online driving test is required, but very simple and it is completed at the agency.

Have Tuesday evening free? Join the meals for teens program in Painesville City from 5-7 pm and help set up food, serve food and clean up. Food is delivered by caterer, just needs to be warmed up and served to the teens in the program. Fun night for everyone!


SUMMER Volunteer Opportunities:

James A. Garfield Civil War Encampment Volunteers Needed
July 19-20, 2014

Shifts are 10:30 am – 1 pm or 1 pm -4 pm

• Welcome Desk/Greeters (Windmill) - Two to three at all times. There will be schedules and mini-militia fliers to hand out separately, plus keeping count of the visitors.

• Front Desk Visitors Center - One person at all times.

• Book Store (Outside) Two people at all times.

• Mini-Militia - Two volunteers are needed. The militia is getting larger every year. This can be just two hours to help children with their uniforms and commissions and trading cards. You don't have to know anything about the Civil War to help.

A Painesville Agency has a summer camp and volunteers are needed to assist with hobbies and crafts from 9 am-12:30, again this is one day a week or every day- up to you. They do a lot of fishing and really need FISHING VOLUNTEERS!!!! Please let all your fishing buddies know we need experience fisherman to teach kids the joy of fishing – most of them have never seen a fishing pole before.

Assist the month of July with answering phones for a few hours a week to schedule school supply pick-up. The agency is in Painesville City and you must enjoy speaking on the phone. This will require taking some general registration information. Hours are anytime between 9 am and 4pm from July 1-July 31, Monday – Friday. It is a short term project, however we are looking for a few interested volunteers to make a regular schedule for the month. Only one phone so only one volunteer per shift can work.

Back to School Supply event – Saturday Aug. 9
Assist with distribution of school supplies and many other supplies for this very busy event. It will be held in Painesville City and many volunteers will be needed from 9 am – 4 pm. Call RSVP to get on the list NOW so the event coordinators can call you to schedule you for a shift and specific detail. There are sitting jobs, standing jobs, traffic control jobs, etc. Something for everyone and a terrific event!


Let RSVP know now if you are interested in working with Elementary, Middle School or High School students once a week for an hour or two. The middle school and high school tutoring opportunities are after school from 3-5 pm time range. The elementary school is offered during school hours and after school. There is training and guidance for all of these tutoring programs and many volunteers are needed. Please call the RSVP office for more details. Below are is one of the new programs for after school.

A local agency in Painesville has a long running after-school program that has a need for tutoring and homework helpers. Most of the children are elementary age. This is Monday through Friday from 4-5:30 in Painesville City area. You can come in one day a week that fits your schedule, and it can change from week to week. You can do one student or several, but will see the same group of students each week.


Volunteer Orientation Dates:

March – August 2016 Orientation Session Schedule

Wednesday, March 2 12:30 pm
Thursday, March 15 10:00 am
Thursday, April 7 12:30 pm
Tuesday, April 19 10:00 am
Tuesday, May 10 10:00 am
Thursday, May 26 12:30 pm
Wednesday, June 1 10:00 am
Tuesday, June 21 12:30 pm
Thursday, July 28
10:00 am
Wednesday, August 10 10:00 am

Calendar of Events

March 13 Daylight Savings
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 19 March for Meals, Council on Aging Event
March 25-April 4 RSVP Offices Closed for Spring Break
March 27 Easter Holiday
April 22 Earth Day
April 23 Passover
May 8 Mother’s Day
May 17 Lake County Senior Day Event
May 30 Memorial Day
June 14 Flag Day
June 19 Father’s Day
July 4 Independence Day