Volunteer Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Join RSVP and use your skills, knowledge and life experiences to better your community.


Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Are you: 55 or over; limited on time but still want to give back; have a desire to impact your community; want to help impact future generations? Volunteer placements are flexible and can often accommodate any schedule.

RSVP offers volunteers the opportunity to positively impact their community by participating in programs like those listed below that utilize their skills, knowledge and life experiences.

Do you enjoy going shopping, spending time talking to your neighbor or helping others maintain their independence and dignity?

Become a Friendly Shopper! RSVP staff will match you with a homebound client.

  • Purchase needed food items
  • Help the individual maintain independence and dignity by providing a vital link to fresh foods
  • RSVP staff will provide free training and ensure financial accountability

Become a Friendly Visitor! RSVP staff will match you with a homebound elderly client.

  • Share your time with someone who needs a friend or combat loneliness by sharing stories, playing games, and doing crafts
  • RSVP staff will provide free training and match you with a client with similar interests.

Do you enjoy working with children or want to help mold and impact the next generation?

Become a Tutor! RSVP staff will match you with a teacher

  • Work with a local elementary school student and assist them in reading, math or social skills
  • RSVP staff will provide free training and support

Become a Mentor! RSVP Staff will match you with a child who needs you

  • Spend time with a child who would benefit from connecting with an elder person
  • Share your stories, engage in activities that are interesting and fun, maybe you will even help with homework
  • RSVP staff will provide free training and support

Do you want to support our veterans?

Volunteer at our Veterans Coffeehouses in Danielson, Norwich, or Stonington.

Serve vets at our gatherings twice monthly, coordinate speakers and veterans’ counselors, and help to promote awareness of veterans’ needs.

Do you want to help make sure no one goes hungry or help teach others about health and nutrition?

Become a valuable team member of a local community food bank!

  • Sort donated food
  • Provide office assistance
  • Bring much needed fresh produce to the community in the Mobile Food Pantry
  • Help with special events that serve the community
  • Replenish food pantries with food drives

Become a valuable member of a Food Club In your area.

  • Work with RSVP staff to organize a club with your friends that will help you focus on healthy eating and building community.

Become a Healthy Eating Advocate.

  • Attend an 8 week training session on healthy eating.
  • Help educate your community on issues like nutrition, meal planning and grocery shopping.