Established in 1971, RSVP has given adults over 55 a chance to "give back" with more than 150k of volunteer hours in 2012. The agency coordinators offer candidates a diverse range of activities which make a measurable impact while serving within their communities. The activities include calling & visiting homebound seniors, refurbishing computers that benefit the financially challenged as well as training to be a presenter for a worthwhile program called Living Healthy.
RSVP is a wonderful not-for-profit. They provide very capable volunteers to give their services at over 150 not-for-profit agencies throughout Suffolk County. Without this, many agencies would not exist and would not be able to bring their invaluable services to the people of Suffolk County. RSVP also provides many of it's own programs and services to enhance the lives of seniors on Long Island. For instance, their Telephone Reassurance Program provides a daily phone call to homebound, and sometimes isolated, seniors. In many cases, this is the only contact a senior will receive on that day. Providing all of its services free of charge, RSVP is truly a gift to the community!
I've known RSVP for their good works for many years. They helped me get a daily phone call for my elderly aunt throught their Telephone Reassurance Program. Then when a student of mine was in desperate need of getting a computer for homework assignments, RSVP provided a refurnished one from their Community Computer Connections Program. All the RSVP volunteers seem like they are enjoying themselves as much as the people they are serving. GO RSVP!
I volunteer at RSVP in Smithtown and find the staff friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They try to fit the person with their interests. They participate in many worthy causes to make the volunteering experience satisfying.
I live in the Smithtown area and always hear wonderful things about the work of RSVP. I donated my "old" computer to them so they could refurbish it and give it a second life by giving it to a low-income family in Nassau or Suffolk counties. Keeping seniors involved keeps them here in our area which is so important for everyone: the children they interact with, the seniors themselves to stay focused and involved and the organizations they assist with their manpower through their volunteerism. Keep up the GREAT work!
RSVP is a dedicated organization to helping seniors stay active. They provide excellent services, programs and resources to the seniors of Suffolk County. Everybody should experience for themselves an exciting opportunity to either volunteer or take advantage of this excellent organization.
RSVP matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities, and in doing so provides retired persons with meaningful (volunteer) jobs while saving the organizations they work for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The greatest benefit is to the volunteer. I have seen older relatives become depressed after retirement, and I have also seen active seniors living happy, fulfilled lives. The best cure for the boredom and subsequent depression of seniors is to let retired professionals perform a valued service.
RSVP facilitated just this, and very successfully.
My experience with RSVP of Suffolk began in 2006. For three months I had been searching (unsuccessfully) for a not-for-profit which would sponsor a program to provide free computers to low-income families on Long Island. A mutual friend introduced me to Pegi Orsino, the Executive Director of RSVP. After some serious probing, Pegi enthusiastically endorsed the concept and we set up the Community Computer Connections Program (CCCP) for which RSVP provided financial resources, office space, support personnel, professional contacts and, most important, a group of dedicated volunteers. In seven years, a group of volunteers (now grown to over 40) has provided over 2800 computers to low-income families and individuals. Pegi and her staff have been unwavering in support of CCCP and its volunteers.
I have been involved in many volunteer activities over my adult years (I am 79) and have never found an organization as dedicated as RSVP in providing meaningful volunteer opportunities for seniors. This is a resource which I believe is greatly underutilized these days. RSVP Suffolk deserves special recognition for its effectiveness in advancing its mission on Long Island.
I am a volunteer for RSVP and deliver and install computers to those that cannot afford to buy their own. Our clients are most appreciative and cannot thank us enough for allowing them to have a computer and connect with the world. Many have gotten jobs through the use of a computer. There is much satisfaction in seeing how the people are so thankful. I also tutor, giving lessons to seniors at 2 senior centers. RSVP has made a difference, through the volunteer program, in peoples' lives and should be commended for making this possible.
RSVP Suffolk County services many disadvantaged people in Suffolk and Nassau County. My group refurbishes and distributes computers to those in financial distress. We try to ensure that all needy persons have access to the web, with the rich source of information. Our clients use email to communicate with friends and relatives. A great group.