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R.S.V.P. (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) is a National Service program designed to recruit skilled, experienced, active adults ages 55 and older for volunteer activities that work towards meeting the needs of their communities. The R.S.V.P. helps connect Seniors to rich volunteer opportunities based on their talents, skills, and experiences. Some of the various activies that R.S.V.P members do to help their community include:

  • Build low income housing
  • Provide food to the needy and isolated seniors
  • Help families in need of clothing and goods
  • Provide companionship to seniors
  • Support veteran services
  • Mentor and tutor the youth
  • Provide support to local city government/ act as ambassadors to our region/ support CHP and local police departments

Retired Senior Volunteer Application

RSVP Impact Areas

  • Senior Nutrition and Food Security
  • Companionship for isolated seniors
  • Veterans Support
  • Preschool -3rd Grade Tutoring and Mentoring
  • Accessing individuals to health care services
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Supporting Animal Shelters
  • Police and Highway Patrol Support

RSVP Volunteer Requirements

  • Be 55 years old or older
  • Fill out a volunteer application
  • Have time to commit to volunteering
  • Agree to supervision and training
  • Understand their is no monetary compensation
  • Willingness to share their lifetime of wisdom and professional skills






Why should you volunteer?

  • It helps bridge the generation gap. 
  • It helps change the way people think about older adults. 
  • It is good for mental health. 
  • It helps prevent senior isolation and depression. 
  • It promotes healthy physical activity. 
  • You can be an activist for social change and social justice. 
  • You can meet new people and make new friends. 
  • You can learn new skills. 
  • You will feel good for supporting those in need in your community. 

Benefits to Volunteering

  • Supplemental insurance while traveling to your assignment and while on the job
  • Access to rewarding volunteer opportunities
  • Connect with a network of like-minded individuals
  • Mileage reimbursement for any errands run for the organization
  • Recognition opportunities
  • Newsletters
  • Membership in one of the largest Senior volunteer programs in the United States - Senior Corps RSVP
  • An article on the benefits of volunteering - and how you can get started written by the National Council for Aging Care. Click here to read the article.



RSVP Overview Video 

If you are 55 years of age or older and are interested in volunteering, feel free to fill out the R.S.V.P. application, email us, or call us! 

RSVP Forms & Documents

Retired Senior Volunteer Application
Individual Timesheet 
Senior Corps RSVP Volunteer Satisfaction Survey

Forma en Español

Phone: (559) 237-3101


Meet Clifford and Madeline Gartin RSVP Volunteers

Madeline and Clifford Gartin have been happily married for 63 years. They have a long history of service to their community. This remarkable couple has over 5000 hours of documented volunteer service each, that’s over 10,000 hours of volunteer service together! This achievement was honored by HandsOn Central California who presented them with Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Mayor Lee Brand honored them with a proclamation declaring November 8th Gartin Day in the City of Fresno.


Madeline Gartin is currently volunteering at Fresno City Hall where she gives tours, directs residents to the departments they are looking for, and helps constituents find their city council representatives. In the past Madeline has volunteered with the Fresno CHP and as a docent with the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Clifford Gartin is an army veteran currently volunteering at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and the Fresno Veterans Home. Clifford is part of a group of RSVP Volunteers that runs the information booth at the Airport. They greet visitors to our region and share information and history about the area, and help direct travelers to various areas and needs in the airport. Our airport ambassadors help our airport run more smoothly and put a friendly experienced face to what is available to do in our region. At the Fresno Veterans Home Clifford provides companionship and encouragement to resident veterans in the home. Clifford spent 20 years volunteering with the State of California General Machinist Joint Apprenticeship Division. Clifford was part of a group that help set the standards for machinist apprenticeships in California. Clifford volunteered as a Deputy Commissioner of Marriages for Fresno County where he performed 1273 marriage ceremonies. Clifford was named the RSVP Volunteer of the Year in 2015 at the Hands Across the Valley Awards.


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RSVP Registration Form 

Personal Information



732 N Van Ness Ave




(559) 237-3101


As an RSVP volunteer, you are insured for accident and personal liability while volunteering at a volunteer site. This is strictly secondary insurance at NO COST to you. Since there is an accidental death benefit involved, you are asked to name a beneficiary.

Beneficiary Information

732 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93728

Provide the name and phone number of someone you would like us to contact in case of an emergency.

Emergency Contact

I agree that my activities as a volunteer for RSVP HandsOn Central California are undertaken at my sole rick, and RSVP HOCC shall not be liable for any claims for injuries or damages whatsoever to my person or property arising out of or connected with my actions as a volunteer. I agree to indemnify and to hold RSVP HOCC harmless for all claims and/or liability for me or to me. I also agree that this waiver and release shall apply to my heir(s), executor(s), and administrator(s).

I further understand that by signing this waiver, I give permission to use my image in educational and public relations materials.

I volunteer my services through the HandsOn Central California RSVP Program and I understand that I will be placed in a volunteer position, not a paying job. My volunteering is at my discretion and does not interfere with job search or employment.

I have carefully read this Waiver/Release, I understand its contents, and I intend to be bound to its terms.