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. 500,000 individuals 55 years old or older are serving in over 8,000 locally sponsored projects to support their community as proud Senior Corps RSVP members. HandsOn Central California RSVP members help build low income housing, feed those in need, help families in need with clothing and household goods, provide meals to isolated seniors, provide senior companionship, support veterans services, mentor and tutor youth, provide support to our local city government, act as ambassadors to our region, offer support to the California Highway Patrol and local police departments, and do much more. The volunteer opportunities are as varied as the interests of the senior volunteers we recruit. Their support makes a huge impact in our community. Thank you RSVP volunteers!
RSVP Impact Areas
Senior Nutrition and Food Security
Companionship for isolated seniors
Preschool -3rd Grade Tutoring and Mentoring
Accessing individuals to health care services
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Supporting Animal Shelters
Police and Highway Patrol Support
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.
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
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 you volunteer for
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.
If you are 55 years old or older and are interested in volunteering, please contact us by phone or email.
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.
Interested in partnering with HandsOn to be a RSVP site? Contact us to find out how you can be part of the RSVP program.