Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Volunteer Opportunities

Below are current volunteer opportunities with RSVP.
Updated: 8/29/14

Please consider helping with any of the following opportunities by calling the number listed, the RSVP office at 382-5775 or emailing                       
  • Our annual Bake Sale will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Government Center lobby. Quilt raffle tickets will also be on sale.  Volunteers are needed to provide baked goods or work a shift at the sale. The baked items need to be brought to the RSVP office on Monday, Sept. 29 before 5 p.m.   If you are unable to bake items, monetary donations will also be accepted. Please call the RSVP office at 382-5775 if you can bake or help. The proceeds will go to support our Scholarship Fund and other RSVP sponsored activities.    
  • Sunday, Sept. 14 is the annual day of the Blacksburg AARP Community Food Drive in which food items will be collected for our local food banks- Interfaith-Blacksburg and MCEAP-Christiansburg. Sally Anna Stapleton, the Chairperson for Community Service Blacksburg AARP Chapter, is again heading up this worthwhile project and is currently looking for volunteers to participate. Sally Anna is in need of volunteers to hand out flyers and collect food at each of the Blacksburg Kroger locations from 11 am to 3 pm for a 2 hour shift. If you would like to help in this project, please call Sally Anna at 540-250-3908 or RSVP.  
  • 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
  • Volunteers are needed to assist with the Adult Foster Care Respite Day on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Conference Room. Helping hands are needed with the activities. Call RSVP if you would like to help.
  • Two Backpack Programs that feed Montgomery County students during weekend breaks from school are: Belview Backpack which packages bags for three schools on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Micah’s Backpack which packages on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. for nine schools. Call RSVP to learn more.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist with special activities for the participants of Pointe West Club. If you have craft, art, music or other skills and hobbies that you could demonstrate to the group, please call RSVP.
  • The YMCA Thrift Shop in Blacksburg has an ongoing need for volunteers to sort, price and organize donated merchandise. Contact Ron Ovelgoenner, Manager at 552-2085 or
  • A Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Christiansburg Recreation Center. Call RSVP to volunteer and 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a time to donate blood.
  • The Children’s Museum in Blacksburg’s First and Main Shopping Center is seeking volunteers to serve as docents for a two hour shift on Saturdays or Sundays. You may call Julene Rice at 953-0103 or RSVP to get further information. 
  • Community Health Center of the NRV needs two volunteers to serve as eligibility specialists for a three hour shift one day per week. This involves screening patients, verifying income and other information. A short application is required. Contact Maria Kington at 381-0820.
  • The Habitat ReStore utilizes volunteers in various ways such as sorting donations, repurposing items, cashiering, pricing and more. They can also use donations of furniture and building supplies. Contact Elizabeth Sorensen at 381-1155 to help.
  • The American Red Cross Donor Center located in Blacksburg’s Kent Square is seeking volunteers to serve as greeters and to register donors on Tuesdays, between the hours of 12 and 6 p.m. Training would be provided by Red Cross staff. If you can work a shift of two hours or more, once or twice a month, call RSVP.
  • The American Cancer Society Relay for Life has a variety of volunteer positions available to support Montgomery County’s fight against cancer. These opportunities will enhance your community experience and develop your leadership skills. Many opportunities can be tailored to your interests, skills and availability. Contact Kate LeBoeuf at 540-774-2716 or
  • The MCEAP Thrift Store and More is in need of a volunteer to assist in the Boutique one to two days per week. This is a fun opportunity for volunteers interested in fashion, pricing and working with people. They also need volunteers with a pick-up truck or van who can assist with transporting clothing donations to and from storage and recyclables to salvage facilities. Call RSVP to learn more.
  • The Meadowbrook Library is in need of old adult or children’s hats of any kind for the Fall Harvest scarecrow project. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring your hats to the RSVP office or the Library in Shawsville. They are also seeking volunteers to assist with the children’s activities and to bake single layer cakes for their cake walk. RSVP will have a booth at this event. Call RSVP to volunteer for this fun activity!
  • A Project Linus Blanket Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grove United Methodist Church in Radford. Call Penny Sweet at 230-6209. Over 26,500 blankets have been donated since June 2000.
  • The seventh annual Walk-A-Thon is coming up on Thursday, Oct. 16!  We plan to deliver basic household and personal care items for over 250 home-bound seniors again this year and the walk will raise money to purchase these items. Sponsor sheets and the list of needed items will be sent in the Oct. newsletter. The Walk-A-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Christiansburg Recreation Center with a delicious lunch provided by Tammy.

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