RSVP of Wayne County

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Basic Information

Address: 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive Goldsboro, NC 27533
Phone Number: (919) 739-7011
Fax Number: (919) 731-7413
Director: Barbara Stiles

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RSVP of Wayne County
RSVP of Wayne County
RSVP of Wayne County
RSVP of Wayne County

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Additional Information

Causes Served: literacy, mentoring, elderly, handicapped, hunger, child abuse, domestic abuse, animal welfare, disaster preparedness, health and wellness, etc.
Population Served: All Wayne County
Ages for Volunteer: 55 and up
Hours of Service: scheduled or episodic (special events etc.)
Minimum Hours Required: n/a
Days of Service: scheduled or episodic (special events)
Mission Statement:

RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is an invitation to individuals over 55 years of age to make a difference in their community. Individuals are provided service opportunities by matching their skills, life experiences, and interests to address identified community needs, while offering a high quality experience that will enrich the volunteer’s life. RSVP is an integral part of Wayne County’s disaster plan and is ready to mobilize volunteers in the event of a disaster.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

We believe the world will be a better place if more people are engaged as volunteers; and communities will be healthier when volunteering is central to the life and work of all residents.

Program History:

RSVP is a program of Senior Corps and is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This nationwide program began in 1973. It is located at Wayne Community College where it serves as a clearinghouse, matching those that wish to serve with non-profit agencies that can use some extra hands. In addition to matching volunteers to community agencies in Wayne County, RSVP maintains a database of volunteers to contact as specific needs arise, such as a food drive or in the event of a disaster. RSVP is an integral part of Wayne County’s disaster plan.

Events:

Each year RSVP volunteers can connect to special projects that make a positive impact on the community. RSVP Volunteers explore issues in the community and decide on a project that can be accomplished by mobilizing others of all ages to participate. Volunteers join local efforts like United Way's Days of Caring in September and national days of service like Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Day, and other events that arise throughout the year, such as Haitian relief.

Additional Information:

 Volunteers can use skills they have learned in their careers or choose to learn something new. A retired tax accountant, for example, can volunteer in his or her field of expertise or help build houses for the underprivileged. Volunteer job descriptions vary with the agency served, both long term on a regular basis and short term, such as in the event of a disaster or special fundraiser.   Some examples of available opportunities include: mentoring, clerical, telephone reassurance for the homebound, working with seniors or handicapped, rebuilding homes, and language translation.

  • Necessary skills vary from simply being able to make a caring phone call once a week to skills as technical as required for building a home.
  • Time commitments vary depending on the position, long term or short term.
  • Volunteers must meet the eligibility requirements of the agencies where they serve, including background checks.
 

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