SHAWNEE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC.
"A Community Action Agency"
Serving Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties in Illinois
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Since 1973, Shawnee
Development Council, Inc. has been the local sponsor of RSVP of the
What is the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program?
The purpose of RSVP is to provide a variety of opportunities for retired persons aged 55 or older to participate more fully in the life of their community through significant volunteer service - RSVP Mission Statement
Volunteers come from many backgrounds with no restrictions based upon income, education, experience, handicap, race, religion, or sex. Are you in search of an opportunity to be useful, needed, and appreciated? Are you willing to share the benefits of your experience? Are you willing to record your hours and turn them into the RSVP Representative? If so, you may join your friends and neighbors in making our world a better place by becoming an RSVP Volunteer. Contact the RSVP Office and find out more.
WHERE DO RSVP SENIORS VOLUNTEER?
Food Banks & Pantries/Thrift Shops/Homeless Shelters/Libraries/Museums/Historical Societies/Parks/Red Cross/ Cancer Society/Hospitals/Nursing Homes/Senior Citizens Centers/Congregate & Home Delivered Meal Programs/Arts & Crafts/Girl & Boy Scouts/Schools/Day Care Centers/Preschools/Community Assistance & Development Programs/Public & Non-Profit Organizations and MANY, MANY MORE!
PROGRAMS & BENEFITS
The Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program hosts an annual recognition each year honoring volunteers for
their service to their community and assuring them their assistance to the
communities and residents in the seven counties are making a difference in the
in the quality of life for all ages. At
the annual recognition a RSVP “Really Special Volunteer Person(s)”
Award is presented to seven individuals or couples (one from each county), a
person who is over age ninety and is still volunteering is chosen to receive the
RSVP “Seasoned Volunteer of the Year” Award, and a volunteer station is
chosen to receive the RSVP “Station of the Year” Award.
Through a special grant
awarded to the RSVP program, those residents who live in a rural area or
community which has no weather warning siren, have access to a NOAA Early
Warning Weather Radio to be place in their home FREE OF CHARGE (age and income is NOT a factor).
The only requirement is the person who receives a radio must designate
five persons/families they will contact if a “take
shelter” warning is issued via the radio.
Click here to download the RSVP Weather Radio & Volunteer Registration form in pdf format. Complete and mail the form to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Shawnee Development Council, Inc., PO Box 298, Karnak, Il 62956-0298. For more information you may call 618-634-2201 and ask for RSVP.