RSVP Sarasota-Manatee

About RSVP Sarasota/Manatee

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Sarasota/Manatee Counties (RSVP Sarasota/Manatee) engages individuals 55 years of age and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs.  RSVP is a federally supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS.)  Since 1971, RSVP projects have linked the skill of volunteers with critical community needs.

RSVP Sarasota currently focuses on six core service categories: health services, tutoring (elementary school reading) nutritional services for seniors, job development for the under or unemployed, veterans’ and veterans’ caregiver outreach, childhood nutritional education.

RSVP Sarasota acts as a community based liaison working in partnership with community members, nonprofits, health and human services providers, county government, and faith based organizations that address critical needs of the community. The information collected by RSVP Sarasota is reported semi-annually to the Corporation for National & Community Service and to local representatives in our district.

RSVP volunteers commit to devote their skills and experience to solve community issues on weekly, short term, or long term assignments.  The hours volunteers work varies by individual and project.

Although volunteers are not monetarily compensated, the rewards are great.  RSVP volunteers receive benefits including free supplemental accident & liability insurance, free skills assessment, the opportunity to utilize experience and skills, the chance to learn something new every day, and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference.

Video: RSVP: Serving America's Communities 

Mission Statement

"To engage individuals 55 and older to utilize their skills and lifetime experience through volunteer service in Sarasota and Manatee counties."

Video: Profile of an RSVP Volunteer

Video: RSVP How Volunteering Helps You Live Longer and Better

RSVP eNews

RSVP Sarasota eNews July 21, 2011

RSVP Sarasota eNews September 9, 2011

RSVP Sarasota Manatee eNews, May, 2012

Agency Information

If you are a Sarasota or Manatee County non-profit, public or faith based organization providing services in food bank distribution/nutritional education, veteran services, job development or elementary school education and would like to register with RSVP Sarasota/Manatee please complete the New Agency Registration form and return to RSVP Sarasota office.

RSVP volunteers receive free supplemental accident & liability insurance while on duty with your organization.

Registered RSVP Sarasota partner organizations are to provide training and support, and report the hours completed for RSVP Sarasota volunteers on a regular basis as mandated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Why track and report volunteer hours?

Reporting hours, along with other data collection is federally mandated. As a federally-funded program, RSVP must abide by the accountability and compliance guidelines and standards set by governmental agencies.

This data also represents a statistical snapshot of what we are accomplishing with regard to the mission of RSVP — which is to engage volunteers in activities that will make a difference in our communities by meeting the needs of nonprofits and the people they serve. The data we collect is sent to legislators and other funders and helps them to determine allocation amounts for our program.

Reporting hours also verifies that our RSVP-registered volunteers have been active over the course of the fiscal year. Only those volunteers who are serving in the current year are eligible to enjoy the benefits of RSVP, e.g., supplemental insurance coverage, recognition events, the newsletters, etc.

Reporting hours keeps RSVP volunteers insured. The hours reported and signed by the volunteer supervisor and/or the volunteer is the only documentation we have that an individual is serving at a site or participating in a volunteer activity. If we have no written documentation, our supplemental insurance policy does not cover that volunteer in the event of injury.

Reporting hours helps local nonprofits tell their story of service to the community and to funders. Accurate records about the volunteers that serve at local sites allow local nonprofits to highlight the fact that they are utilizing volunteers to help provide their services. This represents a cost savings to already tightly-budgeted organizations, as well as in-kind match for their budgets. This leveraging of funds is critical — and potential funders look positively upon this wise and creative fiscal management.

RSVP, through its national efforts and marketing tools, promotes an image of today's seniors as active and contributing members of their communities. This helps to dispel the myths held by some that older adults are a drain on society — financially and otherwise. As a national network of over 500,000 volunteers and 750 projects, the RSVP program promotes expertise and advocacy for volunteerism by older adults. The more we can track, on a local level (and, by extension, a national level) the reality of the contributions of today’s volunteers, the more we help dispel the stereotypes surrounding aging.

Tracking volunteer data is a valuable tool in detailing and highlighting how volunteers impact a community, what they actually accomplish, and just how valuable they are to the operation of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools, and health care facilities in communities and cities nationwide. Without the tracking done by RSVP, the efforts of volunteers remain unidentified in any comprehensive way.

Contact Us

Senior Friendship Centers
RSVP Program - Sarasota / Manatee
Jerri M. Sutton
1888 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941.556.3274
Fax: 941.566.3256
jsutton@friendshipcenters.org

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
24 Hour Answering Service

Partners

Senior Corps RSVP Sarasota/Manatee connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From helping children  to improve their reading skills, to serving as volunteer doctors and dentists, to helping feed frail and needy seniors, to teaching veteran caregivers how to take care of themselves, to teaching children the value of good nutrition, to helping the unemployed find jobs to care for their families—RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference

RSVP is funded in large part by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) who plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. CNCS is a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give. The Corporation is the nation’s largest grant maker supporting service and volunteering. Through our all of our programs, they provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.

Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. is the local sponsor agency for RSVP Sarasota/Manatee as well as Charlotte and Lee Counties.  RSVP Sarasota/Manatee recruits and places volunteers for three of Senior Friendship Centers’ programs.  Volunteers doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals are placed in two SFC Health Services programs serving over 3000 low income residents.  Volunteers are recruited to assist with SFC’s senior nutrition services, providing meals in congregate settings as well as home delivered meals to the elderly.  SFC’s Caregiver Resource Center has multiple programs serving caregivers, specifically our veterans communities.  RSVP volunteers train to teach a nationally acclaimed class call Powerful Tools for Caregivers as well as facilitate support groups for veterans and their families.

All Faiths Food Bank serves Sarasota County in numerous ways.  RSVP volunteers help All Faiths Food Bank to educate children about the value of good nutrition and regular exercise—an effort to reduce the epidemic of childhood obesity in our community.  Volunteers teach pre-school children in a program called Growing Healthy Kids.  Older children and young adults are taught classes in nutritional values and food preparation called Cooking Matters.

CareerEdge Funders is a nonprofit working hard to throughout both Sarasota and Manatee Counties  help the unemployed find gainful employment and those underemployed individuals seeking an opportunity to move up a career ladder to better care for themselves and their families.  RSVP volunteers are trained and placed as mentors to CareerEdge participants as they make their journey back to job improvement.

Both the Manatee County School Board and PALS Partners in Education (Sarasota County Schools) offer ready readiness programs for grades K-5.  RSVP volunteers tutor in schools throughout both counties to help children increase their enjoyment of reading and to improve their reading skills.

Volunteer

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Sarasota/Manatee Counties (RSVP Sarasota/Manatee) has several volunteer opportunities in job development (mentor program for under or unemployed citizens), childhood nutrition (food bank focusing on the issues of childhood obesity,) veterans and/or veteran caregiver outreach, and senior nutrition, medical services and tutoring (K-5 reading readiness.)

The President's Volunteer Service Award

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.  Reporting your volunteer hours will help to qualify you for this distinguished honor.

For more information on volunteer opportunities in Sarasota and / or Manatee County, please call 941.556.3274 or email Jerri M. Sutton, Program Director, at:  jsutton@friendshipcenters.org

 

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