The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) helps people aged 55 years and older who have gained a lifetime of experience put their skills and talents to work in their communities. Volunteers choose the amount of time they want to serve from just a few hours to up to 20 hours each week in a variety of roles with a focus area of "Healthy Futures" of individuals. Some of the volunteer opportunities include the following:
- Advocating in nursing homes and assisted living facilities
- Assisting seniors with health insurance challenges
- Helping seniors remain in their homes
- Hospice care in areas of patient/family care, bereavement and tuck-in-caller
- Hospital and non-profit services
- Nursing Home friendly visitor
- Support services to community and government agencies
- Telephone outreach caller to the homebound, sick, and people with disabilities
- Transportation for seniors to appointments and more...
Foster grandparents volunteer their time to help children who are being abused or uncared for by their mothers, help troubled teenagers and young mothers care for premature infants and children with disabilities. Foster grandparents offer one-on-one, daily attention that helps young people grow, gain self confidence, and become productive members of society.
Foster Grandparents Program participants are at least 55 years old and work with at-risk children in various community settings including schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, jails, and day care centers. Participants work a minimum of 15 hours a week and receive a small stipend. For more information, please contact the Foster Grandparent Program at 301-265-8450 .
The Telephone Reassurance Program recruits volunteers from the community, senior centers, and other volunteer programs to place daily reassuring telephone calls to older adults within Prince George's County. The goal of the program is to eliminate some of the concerns facing homebound seniors who live alone, thereby reducing social isolation. The program provides the opportunity for senior citizens to connect by telephone with a friendly voice. This allows homebound individuals to stay in contact with their community. thus helping to decrease the feelings of loneliness and isolation. The program also provides added peace of mind for relatives who live out of town.