The Retired Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP

Give Back to Your Community

 

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a federal program that networks with local agencies that need volunteers by recruiting, placing and recognizing those volunteers.

 

The program is for volunteers 55 and older who give of their time, their experience, and their energy to make the lives of others better and to help communities become more resilient. RSVP matches individuals with volunteer opportunities in non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout the entire state of North Dakota.

 

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota facilitates the RSVP program in North Dakota.

How it Works

The RSVP program networks with local agencies that need volunteers by recruiting, placing and recognizing those volunteers. RSVP matches individuals with volunteer opportunities in non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout the entire state of North Dakota. To address community needs effectively, a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with flexible scheduling options are available to volunteers. In addition, supplemental insurance opportunities are also available.

 

To address community needs effectively, a variety of volunteer opportunities with flexible scheduling options are available to volunteers.

 

RSVP Service Priorities

Interested in joining RSVP? Here's a sample of what we're currently doing through our service hubs in Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Fargo:

 

Food Delivery

RSVP volunteers deliver nutrition-balanced meals via Home Delivered Meals or Meals on Wheels to homebound clients in need of nutrition support to remain independent. Food delivery allows participants to engage briefly with the volunteer and thereby decrease incidences of loneliness and social isolation.

 

Transportation

RSVP volunteer drivers will pick up clients from their homes and transport to medical appointments, faith-based events, congregate meal sites, shopping, social activities, and other errands that support independent living and social interaction.

 

Companionship

RSVP volunteers serve older adults and adults with disabilities who are lonely and homebound. Activities may include listening, engaging in arts and crafts, card games, puzzles, reading, accompaniment to medical appointments or assistance with errands.

 

Food Distribution

RSVP volunteers participate in Lutheran Social Services North Dakota’s Growing Together communal gardening project that connects neighbors and cultures while tending gardens to produce fresh vegetables to be shared and distributed food to insecure households/families.

 

Food Collections

RSVP volunteers assist with annual food drives for Great Plains Food Bank to increase the amount of food available at local food pantries.

 

Food Pantry Support

RSVP volunteers help support the missions of local food pantries by unpacking and sorting food donations, assisting clients with loading food into their vehicles, stocking shelves, or client interactions as assigned by the food pantry staff.

 

Leading Bone Builders

Trained RSVP volunteers will lead or assist with Bone Builders classes twice per week. Bone Builders is a free and fun anti-osteoporosis class featuring weights-based exercises held in area senior centers, senior living centers, or other community locations.

 

Next Steps

Want to know more? Reach out to one of our RSVP team leads in either Western or Eastern North Dakota at the numbers below, or send an email it to the RSVP team at rsvp@lssnd.org. Know for certain you want to volunteer? Download our enrollment form today!

 

 

 

Contact Us Toll-Free

 

Eastern North Dakota: (833) 764-8644

Western North Dakota: (833) 660-9739

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIND ONE OF OUR PROGRAM CENTERS

We work hard to provide services to you WHEREVER you are in North Dakota. View the map below to find a location nearest you! 

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FARGO 

3911 20th Ave. S.

701-235-7341

GRAND FORKS

412 Demers Ave.

701-772-7577

WILLISTON

603 Main St.

701-774-0749

DEVILS LAKE

423 6th Ave. NE

701-662-8017

WATFORD CITY

1008 4th Avenue SE Apt. 116

701-566-9328

DICKINSON

531 West Villard Street Ste 1

701-566-9269

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