What is RSVP?
RSVP is an invitation to serve. It is a national program designed to provide opportunities for persons 55 and older who want to continue to remain actively involved in the life of their community. The aim is to develop specific volunteer opportunities that utilize the particular skills and interests of each individual volunteer with an eye to what needs to get done in our community.
Depending upon the area in which you live and where you choose to serve, a project director is available to help you get started and to ensure complete satisfaction with your assignment. If any changes are needed to help you become more comfortable or to enable you to upgrade your volunteer work allowing for greater personal growth, your director can assist you with this also.
You Benefit. As an RSVP volunteer, you’ll receive:
- Free volunteer placement
- The opportunity to use your experience and skills
- The chance to learn something new every day
- Supplemental accident and liability insurance
- Annual recognition
- The satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference
Tele-Friend Would you like someone to call once or twice a week? “Tele-friend” volunteers are caring individuals who want the opportunity to meet and share interests with other people over the phone. RSVP with the Madison County Office for the Aging matches Tele-friend volunteers with seniors who have requested the service.
If you have an hour to give, local food pantries are in need of help. They have a variety of jobs that you could do!
RSVP would like to draw more attention to the issue of transportation difficulties and recognize the positive impact volunteer drivers have with meeting this critical need. Many of our aging neighbors in Madison County can no longer drive themselves to the doctor's office, or other necessary appointments. If you have an hour...even once a month...you can make a difference in the life of a person who needs just a little help.
Other Volunteer Opportunities are available!
If you have an interest in any of these programs or would like to find out what other volunteer opportunities are available, call Madison County RSVP at 697-5700 to see how you can help. For your convenience, a New Volunteer Application is available for downloading and printing.
RSVP Program - Bone Builders
Bone builders is a research based exercise program developed by Tufts University. This is an exercise and education program designed to prevent and help alleviate osteoporosis and improve general fitness. Each session consists of balance, strengthening, and stretching exercises. Some utilize hand or leg weights. Exercise groups are lead by RSVP volunteers, and supported by a trained RSVP staff member. The group exercise sessions, which last about one hour, are held once a week in a community setting. A typical group ranges from 8 to 18 participants age 50 and beyond. Men and women are welcome. Bone Builders sessions include valuable health information such as nutrition and exercise. Currently exercise sessions are free of charge. Equipment to begin the program is provided.
Canastota Library Tuesdays 1:00 p.m.
St.Peter’s Episcopal Church Monday 10:00 a.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m.
Cornerstone Baptist Church Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Monday 10:00 a.m.
Peterboro Methodist Church Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
Oneida Recreation Center Thursday 10:00 a.m.
Before you begin an exercise program it is very important that you talk to your doctor to make sure exercise is safe for you!
How to join? Contact RSVP of Madison County at 315-697-5700 for information on how to enroll as a Bone Builders participant or to find out how you can volunteer with the Bone Builders program! RSVP of Madison County, 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd, Canastota, NY 13032 P. 315-697-5700 F. 315-697-5777 firstname.lastname@example.org