The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, police departments, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs. RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers. RSVP matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to help solve community problems and offers supplemental insurance while on duty, and on-the-job training from the agency or organization where volunteers are placed.
I have become disappointed with RSVP because I don't think they treated me fairly as a disabled person. I admit I am neither a Beethoven or a Stephen Hawkings but still I think I have a lot to offer.
In 2009 I applied to be a volunteer and later I talked to the Director of Volunteers. She said she was "looking for a place where I can put you." I guess she never found such a position or place because she never contacted me. I think it is likely she crumbled up my application and threw it in the trash can thinking that if I never applied then they cannot be charged with discrimination. If I am right I think that is a cynical way to deal with the ADA and the laws of the anti-discriminatory laws of this country.
I remember talking to people who applied about the same time I did and were accepted. I began to feel envious when they talked about the Volunteer Orientation class they attended. I wished I had been able to go.