RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
A program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Community Services, Elderly Affairs Division.
RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 years and better, with nearly 500,000 volunteers across the nation. Authorized under Title 11, Part A, of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended, the mission of RSVP is to provide adults ages 55 and better with a meaningful volunteer experience in the community; to encourage them to make a contribution to their community and their fellow citizens; and to ensure that older adults stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.
In September 2010, RSVP made its way to the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Community Services, Elderly Affairs Division. Today, 400 RSVP volunteers on O‘ahu provide over 100,000 hours of service annually to our community, which some are direct in-home support services to seniors. Other volunteers participate at a variety of volunteer stations, which include our public school system.
The following values are used as guiding principles for RSVP. These key ideas help to lay a firm foundation for how RSVP conducts itself, relates to each other and current partners, and all program operations and development.
- Older adults should have the ability to live independently with dignity and self determination.
- Older adults should have be enabled to stay in the environment of their choice, for as long as appropriate
- Capacity building that empowers communities to care for their Kupuna.
- Altruistic volunteering that makes an impact meeting critical community needs.
- Empathetic approach to be culturally sensitive.
- Understand, embrace and engage in the community’s traditions and values.
Thriving communities with the capacity to meet the needs of their own kupuna, through self-sustainable volunteer workforces.
Build community capacity across the island of ‘ Oahu, by providing high quality volunteer experience, encouraging community partnerships, and facilitating community growth.
Services to assist our Community’s Kupuna
You can be assigned to one of these RSVP Stations
- Friendly Calls
- Grocery Shopping
- Adult Education and Literacy
- Senior University
- Chore or Light Housekeeping
- and much more to help seniors!
- Elderly Affairs Division
- Executive Office on Aging
- Family Programs Hawaii
- Hawaii Literacy, Inc.
- Lanakila Pacific
- Moiliili Senior Center
- Waialae Elementary School
- and so much more!
How to become a Volunteer
- You must be 55 years or better
- Interested in learning new skills
- Willing to volunteer on a semi-regular basis to benefit your community
- Complete a Registration Form
- Willing to attend an information and orientation session
- Opportunities to share your skills, talents and experiences
- Enrollment in a nationwide network of one-half million RSVP volunteers
- An annual recognition event
- Supplemental accident/liability insurance coverage, includes travel time
- Quarterly newsletter
- Opportunities to address community needs, while making new friends, learning new or enhancing skills, and cultivating their community ties
Your Gift of Time Can Change a Life!