Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are current volunteer opportunities with RSVP.
Updated: 11/03/14

Please consider helping with any of the following opportunities by calling the the RSVP office at 382-5775 or email                       
  • The Meadowbrook Library is in need of volunteers to assist in making cards for Veterans at Salem, Va. Medical Center Nov. 1 through 8. They have the supplies for you to make a card for a Veteran. Place your card inside the red, white and blue mail box in the Library. Cards will be delivered before Nov.11. The Library is also a drop off spot during November for items needed at the VA Medical Center. Some items needed are deodorant, denture adhesive, 3-in-1 body wash/shampoo/conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, nail clippers, sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts and new baseball caps. This project is co-sponsored with the Elliston-Shawsville VFW Post 4920 and Ladies Auxiliary Post 4920. If you have items to donate, you may also bring them to the RSVP office.
  • A Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Christiansburg Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To volunteer, call RSVP or to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a time.
  • The Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation is looking for folks interested in greeting visitors and introducing them to the Alexander Black House and Cultural Center. Contact Lori Jones, volunteer coordinator, at 540-558-0745 or email
  • The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer tutors for an afterschool tutoring program for students K-5 two days per week from 4:15 to 5 p.m. A background check is required. Contact Neva Sales at 394-3233 to learn more.
  • The AARP Tax Aide Program provides free federal and Virginia tax preparation to low and middle income taxpayers of ALL ages. This program offers you yet another opportunity to serve your community as a certified Tax-Aide counselor or in an administrative role. You do not have to be a tax expert; training and certification are provided. For more information, call Pat Ballard at 382-1189.
  • We are seeking RSVP volunteers who would like to serve on the RSVP Advisory Council for the 2015-2016 term. If you are interested or know someone who would be, contact one of the Nominating Committee members, Deborah Lovelace, Phyllis Lutz, Shirley Peterson, Lou Reynolds or the RSVP office before Nov. 12.
  • We are planning to send Christmas cards to soldiers who are deployed and our veterans. If you are interested in writing cards to be mailed, please bring them to the RSVP office by Nov. 17.
  • The Montgomery County Christmas Store will begin this year’s operation on Saturday, Nov. 1, and will be open each Tuesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for volunteers to assist with setting up the store and for accepting donations. Contact Merilyn Armstrong at 381-0585 or to schedule your volunteer time. If you would like to assist during the Store’s shopping dates of Dec. 9-13, contact Mae Hoover at the Store or at
  • Radford Elf Shelf is seeking volunteers to help with the store, fundraising or shopping. Contact Jean Umberger at 639-2137.
  • The annual Holiday Tote Bags are ready to be filled for 150 Heritage Hall residents. If you would like to pick one up to fill or shop for needed items, a list is included in this newsletter and we ask that they be returned by Dec. 15. We have arranged for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to deliver the bags to each resident’s room.
  • 120 paper bags are being filled for the children in the Radford and Christiansburg Head Start program for the holidays. Items needed are: 100% juice boxes and small candy bars (no nuts). Thanks to everyone who donated notepads and hot chocolate.
  • The AARP Blacksburg Chapter is conducting a Coat Drive for the Christmas Store. If you have an extra coat or two that you no longer use, consider donating it. Call Sally Anna Stapleton at 540-250-3908 for pick-up.
  • We will sponsor a holiday social for Veterans at our adopted building at the Salem VA Medical Center on  Dec. 9. We will be taking individual treat boxes for 30 patients. Items needed are: Candy (does not have to be sugar-free); individually wrapped snack food items such as snack cakes, crackers, chips and cookies; knit hats; sports caps; fleece blankets; sweatshirts and pants. Bring items to RSVP by Dec. 8.
  • The United Way is conducting a Holiday Food drive through mid-Dec. and is collecting food donations to provide local families with a Holiday dinner box. Donations can be dropped off at the UW located at 111 W. Main Street in Christiansburg. A list of needed food items is available in the RSVP office.
  • Volunteers are needed to make pies for the annual Christiansburg Police Department holiday dinner on December 5. Call RSVP if you would like to bake pies for this event.
  • Please note that the regularly scheduled birthday party day and time at English Meadows has been moved from the fourth Wednesday of Nov. to Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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