Benefits of Volunteering

Benefits to Others

Use your skills, talents and expertise to help those in need. Make the community a better place through meaningful volunteer service.


Benefits to You

Volunteering enhances life satisfaction and increases longevity. It allows you to stay connected with the community while remaining active. RSVP volunteers report that their quality of life has improved since enrolling with the program.

RSVP Volunteer, Nancy, working with students in a classroom.

Benefits of belonging to RSVP

There is no cost to belong to RSVP or to receive benefits.
  • Personal volunteer enrollment, orientation and placement: staff meets with volunteers to determine their interests and skills. Volunteers are matched with appropriate volunteer opportunities at nearly 200 human service agencies. RSVP members create their own flexible schedule and level of commitment. A wide variety of one-time special projects or on-going opportunities are available.
  • Volunteer recognition
  • Optional travel reimbursement: optional mileage reimbursement is available for those volunteers needing assistance. There is a 20-mile per day limit. Volunteers utilizing Metro Busy, MTC Specialized Service or the River Rider Public Transit may also be reimbursed for costs incurred.
  • While volunteering, RSVP members are covered by supplemental accident and liability insurance including: accidental death and dismemberment coverage, personal liability and medical indemnity.
RSVP Volunteers, Marjorie and Tom, work on a planting project at Munsinger Gardens

What RSVP Volunteers Say About Their Service
"Making a call to RSVP was the best thing I did when I retired and moved here. I immediately was connected with [volunteer] jobs I love. It has been a wonderful, rewarding experience plus meeting so many people with some of the same goals in retirement. Thank you!"

"I wish to thank RSVP for getting me going again. I had health issues that could have had me feeling sorry for myself. I can ignore some of the pain while I'm busy at a volunteer project."


For information on volunteering, please contact your local RSVP office by phone at (320) 255-7295 or by email at

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