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Friends of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk County

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Human Services, Philanthropy, Senior Centers, Seniors, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: RSVP's mission is to support Older Americans who would like to remain active participants in their community by volunteering at our partnering not-for-profit organizations that meet critical community needs in Suffolk County.

Programs: Operated 5 programs - telephone reassurance, friendly visiting, speakers bureau, feeling good and community computer connections.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shortly after I retired my wife suffered a major stroke that sadly took her life several years later. During that time I wrestled with a myriad of medical doctors, hospitals and nursing homes. What I experienced convinced me that I would try to help others experiencing medical tragedies. I found the Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk County and have been volunteering for this organization. I have met many caring dedicated people that has created an environment that brings me back every year. I would recommend this organization without any reservations whatsoever. LarryMascola

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This agency has been a wonderful welcome to retirement! Although I have been mostly helping in the Community Computer Connection Program (CCCP), the group of people in the office has made me feel connected to so many people who are in need of support. Their kindness and devotion is so enjoyable. Each day brings a new experience and a new way to enjoy volunteering.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Computer Connections Program at RSVP since I retired in 2007. RSVP has become my "home away from home." Such good work is being done here, both for the volunteers and for the recipients of all their good works. .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization serving the seniors in Suffolk County New York.

Mary-Ann M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at RSVP Suffolk as a HIICAP counselor for about 3 or 4 years.
From the moment I entered the office, I have felt at home.
It has been a pleasure knowing and working with each and every one of the women in the office.
Notably, Maryflorence Brennan, Denise Passarelli, Terry Catania, Betty DeSimone, and Peggy Orsini who has since retired.
All of these women are hard working and so wonderful.
I look forward to going into the office.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with this program when I was on the receiving end of the services they provide. I needed help with my health insurance when i came to the state and met with one of the volunteers. It was most helpful and reassuring and I have now joined to provide this assistance to other people. I find the people most dedicated to helping others in the many capacities RSVP serves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After retiring, I was eager to find a way to volunteer in my community that would make me feel like I was truly "giving back". I was connected with the Telephone Reassurance program at RSVP, and, years later, I continue to be excited about making my weekly calls and reaching out with a friendly hello to seniors in our area who are comforted by knowing someone is going to be checking in on them on a regular basis. I honestly believe I get more out of this experience than those I call.
The staff and administration at the RSVP office are extremely caring, committed and professional, and made it very easy for me to decide that I wanted to give even more of my time to their organization. With the help of their volunteer coordinators, I was able to connect with the NY Blood Center, and now also volunteer at local blood drives a few times a month.
RSVP is an incredible asset to the community, and provides so many diverse opportunities for those who are looking to keep active after retirement. The staff guides you through the available options and makes sure that you are happy with your choice. They are always there to assist, to recommend, to problem-solve, and to reinforce. They take a keen interest in each of their volunteers, as well as their clients. I feel blessed that I found this organization and the amazing people that keep it going.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired in 2006 and started volunteering at RSVP, August of that year. It was the best thing I could have done. I volunteer with the Community Computer Connections Program, twice a week (and more) and I find it very rewarding giving computers to Veterans, Seniors and families in need. Volunteering keeps my mind alert! Irene G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP Suffolk has been a savior in my retirement. Wondering how I would manage to fill my days, it has given me opportunities for giving back to my community in ways that take advantage of my interests and abilities. Staff at RSVP Suffolk are kind, helpful, and knowledgeable – all of them responsive and hard-working. I feel very fortunate to have discovered RSVP Suffolk.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has given me a sense of purpose and fulfillment in my retirement years. I was looking for a stimulating volunteer opportunity and found one of many here as a HIICAP Counselor. The feeling of helping others has been a game changer in my life. RSVP offers so many interesting volunteer opportunities that it's difficult to choose. I would recommend this organization to anyone looking for purpose.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

rsvp is very helpful in orgainizing and assiting all volunteers in making a differance in people who need help--i assist at the Long Island Veterans Home in Stonybrook .
i would recommend anyone who has some time to call rsvp for help with your interest and they will
be there for you all the way

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended a number of programs RSVP has offered at my local library. Their Living Healthy 6 week Program was a wonderful reminder of all the tool I need to better manage my chronic condition. The Senior Scams Program saved me.....the knowledge they provided me with new scams seniors face helped me avoid being a victim. I can not thank RSVP enough for the wonderful services they provide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP has given my life purpose and fulfillment. I have received so much satisfaction from working with children at the place at which I have been volunteering. I think, and hope that I as well have made a difference in their lives .I would not of had this wonderful opportunity had I not decided to go to RSVP to help fulfill my lonely days. RSVP not only helped to find me a great job to do, but also gives me recognition for all my efforts. I also had the opportunity to meet so many new and wonderful people. I recommend every senior who is just sitting home feeling sorry for themselves to contact with this amazing organization, and begin a great "New Chapter" in their lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a health care professional serving the senior popoulation on Long Island for over thirty years, I've witnessed first hand the enormous positive impact the programs and services provided by RSVP have had on seniors throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties. From telephone communications with those at risk to practical information on healthy living and instruction on the use of computers, the dedicated voluteers at RSVP have enhanced the lives of many of our elderly citizens here on Long Island. Keep up the excellent work RSVP!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former Volunteer Coordinator, I can say that the work this agency does for the senior population in Suffolk county is priceless. The quality of care that is given to local nonprofits has helped better the lives of those they service. RSVP has contributed to strengthening the mission and philosophies of such agencies by providing quality volunteers who give tirelessly of themselves for the sake of others. Kudos to a dedicated staff and the work they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP is an excellent organization for retired seniors. This program provides retired seniors like me a new lease on life after retirement. Through the many programs, RSVP connects seniors with other seniors with much needed social contacts. This organization facilitates retired seniors to serve their community in numerous ways that utilizes their expertise and experience, including, telephone contacts of home bound seniors as well as friendly visiting. RSVP volunteers facilitate workshops on healthy living for chronically ill seniors, information on medication usage, senior scams, de-cluttering to name a few.
RSVP volunteers serve at local Parkinson therapy center as well as nursing homes and hospitals. in various roles. RSVP reaches out and touches so many lives in so many ways that is irreplaceable.
This organization and the staff are beyond comparison in their commitment and dedication to the numerous seniors they serve. They treat their volunteers with dignity and respect that is unlike other organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the Community Computer Connections Program. I work in the RSVP office and handle al Client Requests for computer. We have given computer to 2600 low income families. We have given to families, seniors and many homebound individuals. We have changed their lives and they have been very thankful. I have found working with this group of refurbishers, installers and office help very rewarding. As a retired senior this has kept my mind alert and I have had the opportunity to get involved with some very appreciative people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP connects active seniors with volunteer opportunities in Suffolk County. The assignment stations benefit enormously, and the volunteers can keep their skills sharp in a way that helps their community. Programs supported by RSVP, such as the telephone reassurance program, provide priceless benefits to homebound seniors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a life-long volunteer - starting when I was not yet a teen. My experience volunteering for RSVP Suffolk at two of their host sites and for their own Speaker's Bureau have been among the most interesting and fulfilling of my volunteer experience..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client in the RSVP Telephone Reassurance Program and so sincerely appreciate the TR volunteers who call me each morning to check on my well-being. Living alone, I love the brief chat I have daily with one or the other friendly volunteers there. Its a wonderful way to start my morning and gives me such peace of mind knowing someone is checking on me. I love this program! More seniors should know about it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having been in many public places, and not-for-profits where there are RSVP volunteers doing their community work, I've always been impressed by the positive attitude toward their service and RSVP as the organization where they began volunteering. Seems like a good idea to have one place acting as a sort of clearinghouse for opportunities. This way you aren't spending all your time looking for an opportunity, the staff will assist you in finding one right away.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being with RSVP. I have volunteered at a number of not-for-profits and really like the promptness with which the RSVP coordinators get back to you if you are having issues or concerns about a site. The staff act as strong advocates and liasions between the program and your volunteer site. Its like one stop shopping in that there are so many opportunities in your own community that you might not be aware of., that RSVP is knowledgeable about. Great organization, and they have a wonderful lunch for their volunteers annually.

Review from Guidestar