Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Frequently Asked Questions

Does RSVP provide transportation to volunteer activities? 

    Yes, we can provide free transportation to and from the volunteer activities.

Are there experience requirements to become an RSVP volunteer? 

    No, there are no educational, experience or income requirements.

Who funds RSVP? 

    The National Senior Service Corps of the Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal network of programs that includes RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program and the Senior Companion Program. Montgomery County provides the local funding and support necessary to match the federal dollars.

Can RSVP reimburse a volunteer for mileage driven on their private vehicle?  

    Yes, mileage can be reimbursed at a rate of 44.5 cents per mile for the cost of transportation to and from volunteer assignments and official project activities.

Is there insurance coverage for individuals who volunteer? 

    Yes, each volunteer enrolled in RSVP is eligible for three kinds of insurance. These policies provide coverage for the volunteer while participating in community service. The types of coverage are accident insurance, personal liability and excess automobile liability.

How does someone become an RSVP volunteer? 

    Simply complete a volunteer enrollment application. To be eligible for enrollment as an RSVP volunteer, a person must be 55 years of age or older, willing to serve on a regular basis without compensation, reside in or nearby the community served by RSVP.

Are there volunteer jobs available to individuals who are homebound? 

    Yes, on a limited basis, there are mailings and phoning that can be done.

Are there a specific number of hours that are required of RSVP volunteers? 

    No, RSVP does not require volunteers to work a specific number of hours; however, a volunteer who is inactive for more than six months may be removed from the roll. 
     



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