Enriching the lives of older adults by connecting them with meaningful and rewarding community volunteer opportunities.
RSVP of Central Oklahoma is unique to our community in
many ways. We tap into the skills, compassion and support of approximately 750 retired persons, age 55 and older, who volunteer their time to help make our community a stronger and better place. RSVP Provide-A-Ride is celebrating its 23rd year anniversary, providing the love and support older adults need to remain independent and healthy. Through the Volunteer Recruitment & Placement Program, senior volunteers provide priceless support to 135+ local nonprofit organizations. Many of the agencies served are facing difficult funding challenges. The help they receive from RSVP volunteers enables them to carry out their mission and better serve their cause in the community.
Each year RSVP volunteers contribute approximately 136,000 service hours. According to the
Independent Sector, this results in saving local taxpayers over $3
million dollars each year. Talk about a good return on your investment!
2013 outcomes are as follows, which were provided via surveys completed by Provide-A-Ride clients: 97% of the RSVP Provide-A-Ride clients report they live more independently because of the rides they receive from the program, 95% go to their medical appointments more regularly, 97% worry less about getting to their medical appointments, and 93% reallocate taxi costs to purchase needed medicine and groceries. 2013 outcomes for the Recruitment & Placement Program, which were provided by RSVP volunteer members, reflected due to their involvement of the program, 97% experienced enhanced feelings of purpose in life, 99% reported enhanced ability to give back to the community, 98% reported increased sense of self-value and self-worth, and 98% stated they felt an enhanced overall quality of life.
Lovena L. is 90 years old, legally blind and lives on a fixed income.
She is among hundreds of seniors who use RSVP Provide-A-Ride to get to frequent
medical appointments. Lovena says, “This
is very vital to me, and hundreds of other senior citizens, to have this
wonderful service. I look forward to the
volunteer drivers coming because they are such wonderful people! When we go to the doctor, the drivers don’t
just drop you off and promise to come back at a certain time…they stay with us
and even help with the mountains of paperwork if we need the help. They stop by the pharmacy to get
prescriptions and then see us safely back inside our homes. Our generation never wanted to ask for help,
and I never feel less of a person when I call RSVP. God bless this wonderful
program and the people that make it happen!”
14 years ago, a recent retiree, John Giger, walked into the RSVP office to see
if we could link him with a community service organization that could make good
use of his carpentry skills and strong desire to help others in need. The
RSVP staff took the time to learn about his skills, interests, and time
availability. Within days, Giger was
matched with Rebuilding Together, a local program that rebuilds lives by making
homes safe, warm and dry for low-income senior citizens. John says he
will be eternally grateful to RSVP for their advice and for matching him to a
volunteer activity that allows him to share his passion with elderly citizens
who are struggling to live independently in their own homes.
joining RSVP in March 2000, Giger has volunteered over 4,100 hours doing what
he can to make homes accessible and safe for seniors who are unable to make the
repairs and renovations themselves. He has widened numerous bathroom
doors, replaced front doors, installed steps, and has built over 200 wheelchair
Resources and/or Services offered: Volunteer support.
The return of dollar investment
for RSVP is commendable to the RSVP Board of Directors, staff and
the senior volunteers. For every dollar contributed to to the
program, over 11 dollars of service is provided.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
United Way of Central Oklahoma creates lasting changes in people's lives right here in our community. No longer just a fundraising organization, today United Way is on the front lines of some of our community's most pressing problems through the work of 60 agencies.
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