Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a nationwide program that encourages and supports volunteerism among persons who are 55 years of age and over.
RSVP members are retired, semi-retired, homemakers, or in the work force. There is no education, experience, or income requirements and no membership fees. All RSVP asks is that you be 55 years of age or older and volunteer on a regular basis - whether it be 1 hour a month or 160 hours a month. Persons are recruited to volunteer at 40 non-profit agencies and health care facilities within Greer, Harmon, and Jackson counties. RSVP volunteers may bag food at food banks, help at-risk children learn to read, transport the elderly to appointments, deliver Meals on Wheels, make blankets for youth safe havens, provide income tax assistance, or they may serve in a myriad of other community service positions. RSVP currently has 425 volunteers who are helping to get things done in their communities. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is one of seven programs that are locally sponsored by Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group, Inc. All programs support Community Action's mission of building healthy communities. RSVP is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (Senior Corps), the Department of Human Services' Aging Division, and the Heartland of Southwest Oklahoma United Way.