Volunteer Program for 55 and Older

The Corporation of National and Community Services awarded the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) grant to Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people ages 55 and older. RSVP is a federally funded program whose mission is to provide opportunity for individuals 55 years of age and older to provide volunteer service in their community. It has over 500,000 members nationwide.

RSVP of Middlesex County identifies volunteers and volunteer opportunities in the county and makes a careful connection. Numerous RSVP volunteer opportunities are available throughout Middlesex County. Each volunteer opportunity is different; requiring different skills, level of commitment, and training. Volunteers can choose where to serve, when to serve, how much time they want to serve, and whether to share their skills or develop new ones. The three major programming areas for volunteer opportunities are: Senior Services, Food Services, and Career Services.

Sara Levine, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, said “RSVP allows JFS and the community to work together by pairing volunteers age 55 or older with a wide range of volunteer opportunities.”

Phyllis Freed, Volunteer Coordinator of RSVP of Middlesex County, is dedicated to finding the perfect match for each volunteer. For more information, contact Phyllis Freed at 732-777-1940 or volunteer@jfsmiddlesex.org. Visit Jewish Family Services at www.jfsmiddlesex.org.

 

Interested in becoming a RSVP Volunteer?

For potential volunteers, RSVP of Middlesex County can come to the JFS Milltown office where they can review a number of local volunteer opportunities and receive the help of a trained Volunteer Coordinator. This assistance ensures that volunteers are placed in a position that matches their skills, desired time commitment and interests.

Click Here for a list of agencies seeking volunteers.

Download the following 4 forms to apply to be a volunteer.

Click Here for RSVP Volunteer Application

Click Here for RSVP Volunteer Confidentiality Form

Click Here for RSVP Volunteer Authorization Form

Click Here for RSVP Volunteer Reference Form

Eligibility

Adults who are at least 55 years of age are eligible for the RSVP program

Benefits

  • Participate in meaningful, challenging, and interesting volunteer opportunities
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Learn new skills or share current abilities with others
  • Attend an annual volunteer recognition event

Where They Serve

JFS serves as the clearing house/coordinating agency for RSVP in Middlesex County. Jewish Family Services works with agencies to learn about their specific needs and assign appropriate volunteers to the participating agency. RSVP has numerous volunteer opportunities available throughout our service area. Each volunteer opportunity is different; requiring different skills, level of commitment, and training.

A few examples of some of the opportunities available are:

  • Provide office support at the Arthritis Foundation
  • Deliver Kosher Meals on Wheels
  • Become a Healthy Bones instructor
  • Help Job seekers create resumes, interview, etc.
  • Teach seniors a variety of skills including mah jong, canasta, knitting, crocheting, etc.

Community Partners – Become a RSVP Volunteer Station

RSVP is a federally funded program that connects individuals of 55 and older for volunteer opportunities in Middlesex County. We place RSVP volunteers in nonprofits, healthcare agencies, and public agencies which are called “Volunteer Stations.” These organizations receive the benefit of RSVP Volunteers. RSVP advertises, recruits, screens, and places volunteers all over Middlesex County. RSVP of Middlesex County tracks hours worked by each volunteer to tell the story of how members of our community are giving back. A Volunteer Recognition event is held each year.

Why would an organization want to become a Volunteer Station?

  • Your volunteers would be helping address significant needs in Middlesex County
  • Your organization would incorporate the abilities, experiences and needs of senior volunteers in your programs and operations

To become a Volunteer Station, please fill out the included Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Volunteer Assignment Description Form. These forms will give us a clear picture of the impact our volunteers will make. Once we review the completed forms and you meet the criteria, we will list your agency outline. We will screen potential volunteers for your service opportunity.

If you have current volunteers 55 and over, they are welcome to join RSVP to continue their service at your organization to receive the benefits of being a part of RSVP of Middlesex County.

Click Here for RSVP Form1 (Memorandum of Understanding)

Click Here for RSVP Form2 (Accessibility Safety Checklist)

Click Here for RSVP Form3 (Station Assignment DISCP)

If you have any questions about RSVP, please do not hesitate to contact Phyllis Freed at 732-777-1940 or volunteer@jfsmiddlesex.org.

Volunteer Reporter: For Current Volunteers

Click Here for Volunteer Opportunities

Click Here  to Enter Hours Served

Click Here to Send an email to RSVP JFS staff