Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) matches adults 55 and over with volunteer opportunities, utilizing their talents, expertise and life-long experiences to address critical community needs. RSVP is Americas largest volunteer network for people 55 and over with 300,000 plus volunteers in communities nationwide.

Sponsored by United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton, Southeast South Dakota (SESD) RSVP will once again be serving the greater Yankton region. SESD RSVP will provide opportunities to volunteer within Yankton, Clay, Bon Homme and Davison counties in southeast South Dakota. These counties were served by other sponsors in their first 20 years of the RSVP program, however in late 2017 the grant issued by the Corporation of National Community Service, was not renewed by the previous sponsor leaving the greater Yankton community without the critical volunteer placement service. In order to continue the service and contributions of RSVP to community life in South Dakota, United Way of Greater Yankton was proud to assume sponsorship in the spring of 2019.

The mission of SESD RSVP is to change lives and improve our community by fostering civic engagement through volunteer service. RSVP matches the personal interests and skills of the volunteer with local nonprofits, government agencies, and proprietary health care facilities that have a critical need for volunteers. This gives the volunteer multiple opportunities to make an impact in our community through Disaster Relief, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Healthy Futures. “The volunteers we get from RSVP are the best, so hard working and friendly.” — Sister Phyllis, Sacred Heart Monastery.

RSVP volunteers get the opportunity to make new relationships not only with people in the community, but with other volunteers as well. They make a significant impact in the lives of those they serve. Members of RSVP receive benefits such as, volunteer recognition and support events throughout the year for their service to the community. Supplementary accident and liability insurance is also provided to each volunteer at no cost. “My favorite part about volunteering with RSVP are all of the different opportunities and organizations we get to volunteer with.” — Jim Filips, RSVP Volunteer.

Becoming a part of RSVP is simple, whether you would like to become a volunteer or a local entity that would like to become a workstation. You can stop in the United Way Nonprofit Center located at 610 W 23rd Street, Yankton or call 605-665-6766. We would be happy to help get you connected.

SESD RSVP will be hosting a Casual Clothing Drive for United Way’s Clothing Closet on Nov. 14-16 at Riverfront Broadcasting’s future location, 1019 Broadway Ave. Swing by Thursday, Nov 14, and Friday, Nov 15, from 4-6 p.m. or Saturday, Nov 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to drop off your gently used casual clothing, meet some of our volunteers, and learn more about your newly established local SESD RSVP.

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