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
RSVP Impact Areas
RSVP Volunteer Requirements
Why should you volunteer?
Benefits to Volunteering
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
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.