Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are current volunteer opportunities with RSVP.
Updated: 12/31/14

Please consider helping with any of the following opportunities by calling the the RSVP office at 382-5775 or email                       
  • On Monday, Jan. 19, Americans across the country will celebrate the national holiday honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As they have since 1994, thousands of Americans will remember Dr. King by serving in their communities. Our planned 2015 MLK day project is to inventory, organize, supplement and bag the items that were collected or purchased from the funds raised by the Walk-A-Thon for the “Supplies for Seniors.” We will again be partnering with Pulaski RSVP to prepare 600 bags (two per recipient - one bag of household supplies and one bag of personal care items) to be delivered to 300 homebound seniors and veterans in the New River Valley the week of Jan. 19. If you would like to participate, we will be traveling to the Pulaski County Youth Center to prepare the bags at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, and Wednesday, Jan. 14.  Call RSVP to reserve your place on the van.
  • A Blood Drive is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Christiansburg Recreation Center. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment to donate blood or RSVP to assist during the drive.
  • Micah’s Backpack will need extra volunteers to assist with packing food for 265 Blacksburg school children on Thursdays, Jan. 8 and 15 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, located at 2308 Merrimac Road in Blacksburg at 6 p.m.
  • Med-Ride is recruiting volunteers to provide transportation to people in the NRV to get to and from their medical appointments. All that is needed is personal transportation, a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and a desire to help others. Contact Chris Brown at 980-0754 for an application.
  • We will once again participate in the nationwide Valentines for Vets program by making Valentines for the patients at the Salem Veterans Medical Center and the Virginia Veterans Care Center. We have set aside Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. to make Valentines in the RSVP office, but if you would like to make any at home, please bring them to us by Monday, Feb. 9, so that we can deliver them in time for Valentine’s Day.  If you need art supplies, give us a call. This project is a way to let our veterans know that they are appreciated and not forgotten.
  • The upcoming Project Linus Blanket Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grove United Methodist Church in Radford. For more information, contact Penny Sweet at 230-6209.
  • The MCEAP Thrift Store and More is seeking additional volunteers to sort and organize donations on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays. Please call Margie Vitale at 540-449-2415 for more information.
  • The Cattery located at PetSmart needs volunteers to feed and play with the cats and clean their crates. The cats that are housed through the Floyd County Humane Society. Call Betsy Hagan at 552-0155 if you can help this winter, especially during the Virginia Tech winter break.
  • The Women’s Resource Center Crisis Intervention Training starts on Monday, Jan. 5, and will continue for several weeks in 14 sessions through March 5 on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Call Mary Forti to learn more about this critical training at 639-1123.
  • Voice of the Blue Ridge is in need of readers for their Dial In news service for visually impaired individuals. Volunteers will be assigned a part of the newspaper to read on a regular basis or as a substitute. This reading is done at home, with a recording being made via the use of a telephone. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Sherrie Oliver at 540-985-8900 or email her at This is something that can be done from your home during the winter months. 

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