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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: Volunteering among seniors is linked to improved quality of life, increased physical activity, stronger social networks, and lower mortality rates. Volunteers are particularly helpful to the frail elderly who need assistance to maintain independence in their own homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 200 agencies by providing qualified senior volunteers through the RSVP and CCCV programs and 60 individuals with cognitive disabilities through the Project Lifesaver Program.

Programs: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP and Central Coast Community Volunteers (CCCV) )recruits and places senior volunteers at community nonprofit and government agencies located in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties. These volunteers provided over 160,000 hours of service during 2015. RSVP has been active for more than 42 years and recruits those 55+; CCCV is a brand new program and recruits those 50+. Senior Volunteer Services programs are the only programs that recruits senior volunteers to serve other nonprofit and governmental agencies. Project Lifesaver provides, for a nominal maintenance fee, wristband transmitters to elderly and cognitively impaired individuals who are at risk of wandering and becoming lost. The program also serves a number autistic and developmentally challenged children to live more safely in their environments. The transmitters assist rescue personnel to locate lost individuals.

Paso Robles Senior Center: a contract with the City of Paso Robles provides on-site management of the Paso Robles Senior Center. Staffing by Senior Volunteer Services with a coordinator assures a cost-effective and smooth operation of the center. Coordinator duties include developing and providing appropriate senior programs that encourage participation of center members to enhance their health and well-being. Programs include computer classes, a library, games, celebratory meals and field trips. center.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is nothing short of miraculous how a group of bright and caring people can change our local world. Add to that the amazing power of doing all this work as a gift to our local community and it makes you realize that all things are possible when the right people work together to bridge the gap from need to possibility. The remarkable group of people organized through Senior Volunteer Services have allowed the very great needs of several communities in our area to be fulfilled because of volunteer services. Budget cuts and tough times for California could take a major toll on our local towns, eliminating critical services - but here there seems to always be that perfect person who steps up to share their gifts of time and knowledge to keep us all moving forward together! I am so proud to be a part of such a group.

Dianne T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have 7 resorts in the Caribbean - certificates to these 4 star all-inclusive resorts includes all meals, drinks and non motorized sports - for fundraising for non profits. there are costs involved so you would need to call me so I can tell you about them. the certificated are good until Dec 2019. they are good for 7-10 nights for up to 3 rooms.

Participating resorts include: The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua; St. James’s Club & Villas, Antigua; Pineapple Beach Club Antigua; Palm Island Resort & Spa, The Grenadines; St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia; The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa; and Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama.
call Dianne Tuttle 805-781-2630

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer in a 4th grade classroom for the past nine years. I'm responsible to monitor students at 10 learning centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays through GENSPAN. I thoroughly enjoy working with groups or one-on-one while the teacher is involved in a teaching lesson with a specific group of students. These nine year old students are inquisitive, smart and always engaging and keep ME on my toes in the process. Hopefully, I will continue my involvement for another decade.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From my first call to RSVP to the many follow up calls and emails it has been nothing but a positive experience. Cheryl worked with me to complete the necessary paperwork to "get in the system" and then they advertised for us for several weeks. Many of my volunteers were thrilled to be able to send in their hours of volunteering and also take advantage of the insurance once our Days for Girls Los Osos group was accepted as one of the Senior Volunteer Opportunities. Thank you for providing such an wonderful service to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a docent/guide at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, now part of the California Coastal National Monument which now has five land bases along the California coast under protection. It is one of two National Monuments in our state. We are lucky enough to have 16 in our state so designated. The other is the Carrizo Plain. At my site I talk to people from all over the world. Get some fresh ocean air, and go home with my brain blown clean of the usual worries. I love that this organization supports other seniors to participate in our community. They do it well, meaning making it easy for people to join in. Thanks.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I volunteer as ushers at the Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly campus. We are seniors. We were delighted to learn that our volunteer hours could be counted toward SVS to qualify for federal recognition in our community. It is a win-win for everybody and a positive way to work together in our unique community. Alyce and Bruce Crawford, Los Osos.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Since starting with RSVP and SVS a few years ago, I have found everyone to be very helpful and friendly. The opportunities to volunteer in the community and extensive and various in so many ways whether you are looking for something traditional or hoping to find something new and different

Joyce L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the many years that I have been involved in volunteer work, SVS has found many places for me to be useful. After a few years, I do get to thinking that I'd like something different - and they always find one or two for me. Wonderful staff!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been able to find meaningful volunteer opportunities through RSVP that I enjoy. SVP provides excellent communication of potential volunteer opportunities in the form of on-line and mailed information. I am so grateful to be able to give back to my community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP helped me to find two volunteer positions that I really love. They have a wonderful weekly email which provides information about available volunteering activities. The staff are friendly and helpful and have great follow through. RSVP does a wonderful job connecting people with the needed positions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From Senior Volunteer Services I receive valuable information about opportunities for me to be a community volunteet. I have found two excellent volunteer jobs. One is at a Food Bank distribution center, and the other is at an after-school Homework Club. I also drive a route delivering meals to homebound seniors.

1 Bob_111

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I and my wife volunteer at The Senior Center in Silveer streaks helping with mailings foe various organizations.I also have been a Volunteer at SCORE and Salvation Army and Peoples Kitchen

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated at a number of activities at the Paso Robles Senior Center -- Zumba, Writer's Group, Celtic Dance, parties, and Brain Aerobics. I enjoy all of these classes and even taught Zumba.

I also volunteer, through Senior Volunteer Services, for the Pioneer Museum in Paso Robles, the Charles Paddock Zoo, and tutor at a local school in Paso Robles. I found these volunteer sites with the help of Senior Volunteer Services. They are always helpful when I am looking for more volunteer opportunities or have questions. They keep me informed, by internet, of new opportunities for volunteering. My experience with all the people connected with this organization has been very positive. They are a wonderful resource for myself, other seniors, and in turn for the communities that they serve!

1 Vita M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very good resource for those who want to give back to their community. SVS connects with many organizations, both public and private and then provides the invitation to seniors to find one that appeals and fits their own skills and talents.

1 wjonesbill

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Todays society does not take effective advantage of at three of our most precious resources, Mensas, veterans and senior citizens. Of the three, at least, Senior Volunteer Services (SVS) makes much better use of our senior citizens. Here is a group of people rich in the knowledge of life and willing to offer a helping hand (both the organization and the volunteers). And SVS is set up to tap into that pool of richness and do it in such a way that there are challenges for just about anyone and provide the background support to hold it all together. And it is organized to make the best use of this resource and keep up with all of the paperwork, procedures and support, all in one efficient and effective non-profit organization.

I volunteer, on a regular basis, at the Paso Robles Library and the Paso Robles Library. It is useful for me that if I wish to help out even more (and it be appreciated ;-) ) that I can count on SVS to provide me the opportunity to do so. And if any problems arise that I can call on them to either act for me and/or provide the assistance to solve the problem. And this is all done as a matter of course. This makes for an excellent volunteer-place environment It is always feels better when someone is watching your six.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent management and give-back to the community. User friendly and modern time reporting. Provides a base to become more involved with activities, events and a wide diverse pool of people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been proud to be a part of this organization and volunteer each week. I have been volunteering since 2002.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Senior Volunteer Services is a wonderful organization and I'm proud to be a part of it. They are always there when you need them. They have an excellent team in the office and are willing to go to your organization to give a talk to let your group know the benefits of signing a MOU.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about RSVP from a person that was visiting on the Central Coast from the San Joaquin Valley. She came to the Central Coast to attend a California Rare Fruit Growers grafting class where I happened to be one of the Gifted Grafters. She told me that my efforts would benefit the County. She also told me that if I am a regular volunteer I'd be covered on insurance if I should be in an auto accident. I was already donating many hour of my time and driving lots of miles to help others. She told me I'd be compensated for some of my auto expense. All I'd have to do is fill in a short application and meet the qualifications. WOW! So easy and I've been meeting other volunteers and feel very welcome to join them. The staff and volunteers at the Senior Volunteer Services and Retired Senior Volunteer Programs in San Luis Obispo are very nice and helpful.

RSVP held a rewards program where they provided lunch and oodles of prizes for us volunteers.
Marv Daniels, Pismo Beach, CA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently went to this center to borrow some bathroom safety equipment, and was impressed to find such a variety of items from which to chose... clean and in good condition. The volunteer staff was friendly and helpful. In fact, they were so nice that I immediately signed up as a volunteer. So glad I did, because I discovered a whole new world.

If there was enough time in my days, I would play PICKLE BALL, LEARN NEW COMPUTER SKILLS, PLAY CARDS WITH MY NEW FRIENDS, HAVE LUNCH IN THE CAFE, and any number of enjoyable volunteer activities such as drive elders to appointments, work at the front desk, or help organize the loan closet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to RSVP for making me aware of the volunteer opportunities at the Central
Coast Veterans Memorial Museum in San Luis Obispo. Through RSVP I have made many friends
at the museum and enjoy meeting visitors from all over the world. I enjoy the RSVPs newsletter, and the staff is always warm and helpful. In past years, at Christmas, RSVP has
volunteered to assist the Salvation Army ring the bells. RSVP well deserves a 5 star rating.
Al Findley

1 Marla8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired in 2012 and knew I wanted to volunteer right away. At the time we moved to Nipomo and I saw R.S.VP. volunteer services advertised. I gave them a call and found out that the Nipomo Food Basket needed volunteers to serve the needy in our community of Nipomo. I am working on my 5th year there now and work with a great group of volunteers. We partner with several different organizations to purchase or receive food from our local growers as well as the Food Bank of Santa Barbara county and SLO county, also Vons, Trader Joe's, Lion's Club in Nipomo in connection with high school students at Nipomo HS who help people with gleaning fruit trees on their properties. I love what I do there! We have many regular clients we serve every week including the homeless, who count on us to be there to help them with free food in these difficult times. We also have recently received some Federal Grant money to purchase some freezers, thermometers, insulated blankets all to keep the food cold and preserved. Many local folks in Nipomo also donate food and/or money on a regular basis to help cover some of the costs that go along with such a business. When possible, we also give out toys and other necessary items to our clients and their children over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It feels so good to be able to put a smile on someone's face or give them a handshake or hug when they come in each week!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here's to RSVP! Some of the kindest, smartest, and most energetic people I've ever met have come into my life through my involvement with the organization. The amount of good work done by this group can't really be measured; the Central Coast of California is in so many ways, small and large, a better place because of RSVP. I'm glad to be a part of it

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune to be able to retire last year and wanted to spend at least some of my time in projects supporting the wonderful community in which I live. I checked as many available resources as I could and came across Senior Volunteer Services; I registered with SVS and have been glad about that ever since. The organization has proven to be efficient, effective and good-hearted, and I've been able to get involved in efforts that are clearly beneficial to individuals in this community -- usually enjoyable, to boot. The people running Senior Volunteer Services are thoughtful and thankful, and they maintain a very informative and useful flow of information about volunteer opportunities. I highly recommend this organization to seniors who are interested in volunteering, or anyone needing volunteer support. This is a good group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Senior Volunteer Services in San Luis Obispo County has enriched my life through the hours given as a volunteer and mentor at Morning Star Youth Ranch. It is encouraging and life affirming to know that my time and talents can actually be useful to my fellow man. I am grateful for the organization of non-profit causes and willing volunteers. Keep up the good work, everyone.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the CalPoly PAC for 20 years!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both my wife, Wilma, and I moved to San Luis Obispo directly after our retirement six and half years ago. We wanted to volunteer in ways meaningful to our new community. Thankfully somebody told us about RSVP, part of SVS. It connected Wilma with a weekly job at the Hospice Thrift Store in SLO. Since I co-pastor a church in Nipomo I was looking for an opportunity to both personally serve Nipomo and one where my congregation could be involved in the community. Again RSVP made that connection for us at the Nipomo Food Basket. More recently RSVP connected us with the Sr. Nutrition program in SLO delivering meals. SVS made connections for us that have enriched our retired lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Senior Volunteer Services 's, SVS, is very successful and effective in promoting volunteer opportunities for mature adults both as a way to sustain the health and vitality of this growing population and to utilize the experience, knowledge and expertise of this valuable human resource to serve local community needs. Volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a real difference in the community.

To be the top rated organization in the community, SVS continues to design, coordinate and manage programs that link senior volunteers with organizations needing volunteers in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties. Major programs include the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Central Coast (RSVP), a federally funded program, Central Coast Community Volunteers and Project Lifesaver.
SVS is the only organization in this area performing volunteer management services focused on seniors with a network of approximately 200 non-profit agencies that welcome the senior volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Senior Volunteer Services does a great job in many areas serving volunteers. I appreciate their efforts in the RSVP program and now the new companion program CCCV or Central Coast Commuinty Volunteers. I'm located at the northern end of our county in a small beach town. I'd be 'out of loop' as far a volunteer opportunities if it wasn't for the news letter listing new programs and areas of need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Meals on Wheels program is so well organized in Atascadero. Liz is a wonderful person with a kind spirit and runs the program with apparent ease and efficiency.
I am amazed at the number of places a senior can volunteer with Senior Volunteer Services. There is a venue for every kind of personality to get pleasure out of serving others. It's a terrific opportunity for seniors who want to give back to their communities.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Senior Volunteer Services is a gathering place for those who want to find a place to volunteer and those organizations who need volunteers, which makes an important contribution to the health and welfare of people in the 2nd half of their lives. I often hear that the organizations who turn to them to fulfill their needs, are very grateful for the assistance and satisfied with their volunteers. It's a win-win!

The women who run the office are completely competent in what they do and caring to those who call or come into the office. I am glad to call them my friends and see them as role models as well.

2 Kathy270

Donor

Rating: 5

Senior Volunteer Services truly cares about meeting the needs of our local community. It seems every time I hear about help needed by others, senior volunteers is there to make the difference or join together with other community members to solve a problem. One of the most important things to me is seeing how they treat their volunteers with such a high level of care and appreciation. This is why this group works so well together.

1 Steve178

Board Member

Rating: 5

SVS has been privileged to have Marie Brinkmeyer as Executive Director for five years. She has earned commendation from public agencies and volunteers for the integrity and social concern with which she manages the RSVP, Project Life Saver, and Paso Robles Senior Center programs administered under the SVS umbrella. She also recruited Tom Clough to join the SVS Board and assume the position of Chair. As a result SVS has started a new program, Central Coast Community Volunteers, to provide opportunities to a younger cohort of volunteers (starting at age 50) to serve in a wide variety of settings devoted to meeting needs of residents of SLO and Santa Barbara Counties. Thanks to Marie's leadership and the enthusiasm of volunteers referred to more than 200 agencies SVS has earned an exemplary reputation for dedicated public service. Respectfully submitted, Stephen Austin, Treasurer of SVS.












1 Susan498

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure working with the staff of Senior Volunteer Services. They care about our community and it's need for volunteers. They care about the volunteers and their need to stay active, healthy, and relevant. It is amazing how much a small staff can do and how big of an impact they have. Every day they talk to mature adults and match their experience, knowledge, and expertise to serve local community needs. It is a win-win situation for all.

1 Louise24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Director, Marie, is the Best...
Caring, Professional, Energetic, and Strong!

We get regularly mailed (or Emailed) Newsletters; and they are always well done, informative and provide us the Info we need and like.

I'm reimbursed for up to $15 a month for gas.

I like the Annual Luncheon, as well.

Sincerely,
Ms. Gray

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP volunteer program helps the volunteers!
For example they pay enough of my gasoline that it really helps!
They put on a wonderful annual awards luncheon! They're a good group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with RSVP for just over a year. Finding my volunteer opportunity with Central Coast Aquarium has been a win-win experience. I am able to give my time to an organization that provides marine science education throughout central California and have found my second childhood. Working with RSVP made finding the right fit for me and getting started a very pleasant and easy experience. As a result, I have recently signed up as a volunteer with GleanSLO and look forward to working with them. RSVP has been a great resource for volunteer opportunities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always amazed how many caring opportunities are available with much needed information. Immediate response to how people can give assistance. Thanks for being here!

2 Dell D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for almost 3 years. After I retired from a career in the Marine Corps and as a GM for Costco I was looking for a way to give back. That's when I was introduced to the SVP. My volunteer work is rewarding and anything we do is greatly appreciated by the CHP.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for RSVP for 5 years & have enjoyed every minute of it. There are so many wonderful opportunities & the people are great. There is something for everyone.

2 Patrice I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RSVP has been helping me as a volunteer for a Wilshire Non-profit Organization called The Good Neighbor Program. The program helps handicapped and low-income seniors with transportation and support. RSVP has been instrumental in reimbursing my gas mileage for this worthy program. They have also given a appreciation lunch once a year for the volunteers to award all the volunteers for their participation in non-profit endeavors. Marie, who is in charge of all the administration, is a fantastic lady who puts her heart into this very necessary program for seniors.