The West Texas RSVP has the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs, and providing a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers and those they serve.
ORIGIN OF RSVP
The West Texas Rehab Center has always been the local sponsor for the Big Country RSVP (1973) and the Concho Valley RSVP (1981) in their respective communities of Abilene and San Angelo. In July 2013, the two programs were merged and became the West Texas RSVP, still maintaining offices in both San Angelo and Abilene under the sponsorship of West Texas Rehab.
WHAT IS RSVP?
RSVP promotes the engagement of older persons as community resources in planning for community improvement and delivery of volunteer services. Through RSVP, older adults discover uses for their creativity, their energy and their expertise. RSVP involves seniors in service that matches their personal interests and makes use of their skills and lifelong experiences with nonprofit organizations and public agencies in need of volunteer service.
RSVP is partially funded by the Corporation for National Service and is sponsored locally by the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. In addition, RSVP receives state support through the Texas Department on Aging. RSVP also receives in-kind donations, memorials and general community support.
WHO QUALIFIES TO BE AN RSVP VOLUNTEER?
Any person 55 years of age and older who wishes to share their experience, knowledge and skills is eligible to join RSVP. There are no restrictions based on education, income, or experience, nor any membership dues. Anyone who wants to feel useful, needed, and appreciated will profit from becoming part of the RSVP network. For persons new to San Angelo RSVP serves as an excellent vehicle for making new friends and becoming involved in the community.
HOW CAN I BECOME AN RSVP VOLUNTEER?
To become an RSVP volunteer involves a very simple procedure. Simply call the RSVP office anytime between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. ***You may come by the office, but please call first to ensure that someone is in the office. An RSVP application will then be completed and the RSVP staff will visit with you about your volunteer preferences. After that you will be on your way to an unexpected sense of well-being and satisfaction which you will have gained from your volunteer experience.