General Information

“It has been a joy having Maddie Berube as our volunteer. We look forward to Tuesday and Wednesday mornings when Maddie arrives. She is more than a volunteer, she is a respected and valued part of our Area HomeCare team and a good representative of the RSVP volunteer network. It is a wonderful program and deserving of the support it receives from the community.”
-Gordon McCollester, President CEO, Area HomeCare

“We couldn’t get along without them. Not only are they invaluable in helping the United Way of the Greater Seacoast get information about our mission throughout the community through various mailings, they assist with getting us organized for meetings and presentations, from copying and assembling materials, to wrapping gifts!

"Before (RSVP) Bone Builders I was having trouble with climbing stairs, lower back aches, moving joints in my legs and arms and my balance was poor.  Since I've been involved in the (RSVP) Bone Builders exercise, I have gained back the strength in my legs.  I no longer have bad problems with balance and am able to move without aches and pains."

"No task is too small, or too large, for them to undertake. They are always cheerful and never fail to lift our spirits when they are here. They also serve as great role models of how to stay active and involved in their community through volunteering."

"It has been a life saver for me to get to my doctor appointments.  The drivers are all great....I have met the nicest people.  I can't praise the program enough."

"Attending Bone Builders has been such a positive effect on my physical and emotional well-being."

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Friends RSVP provides 500 volunteers to over 130 non-profit and public organizations to help them serve their clients and meet their missions. RSVP volunteers contribute more than 68,000 hours each year to help meet community needs in Merrimack, Rockingham, Belknap, and Strafford Counties.  

RSVP volunteers are engaged in more than 200 different assignments, based upon their own interests, talents and time availability. For example, they help older adults live more independently by driving them to medical appointments and the grocery store. They provide isolation-reducing companionship to the elderly and the disabled. Others serve as tutors and mentors to children and youth. Volunteers assist with public safety, disaster preparedness and blood drives. Many volunteers organize or manage local thrift shops and food banks that make it easier for struggling individuals and families to make ends meet. They prepare and deliver thousands of meals each year. They provide clerical and other office assistance. They provide free tax preparation and assist with starting small businesses. RSVP volunteers are museum docents and cultural event ushers, organizers and fundraisers. Volunteers visit veterans homes and visit hospices to ease the pain and loneliness at the end of life. Many more opportunities are available, and new ones can be created to meet new needs.

Professional, executive, grant-writing or technical assistance is always needed to help small non-profits serve their clients. If you have a particular interest or skill you'd like to share, we'll find an organization that needs you!

In addition, the senior volunteers themselves gain significant benefits – they get reconnected in their communities through meaningful activities that renew a sense of purpose, increase physical and mental activity, and promote better health and prolonged independence.

RSVP ALSO RUNS SIGNATURE PROGRAMS, INCLUDING:

Caregivers Program provides door-through-door transportation for medical appointments and basic needs, including staying with them to assist them, companionship and telephone reassurance. We use screened volunteer drivers, and rides are free of charge to clients. Clients must be age 60+ and be unable to access other services. Volunteers are either matched one-to-one with clients who need companionship as well as rides, or they are part of a medical transportation drivers pool. If you are interesting in being a volunteer caregiver, check out the job description.
 
Bone Builders senior strength exercise classes improve bone and muscle strength, balance, circulation and general health. Classes are held twice a week, year-round at local senior centers, senior housing buildings, and other locales.  Currently, volunteers and staff lead 29 classes in Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap Counties. Over 2,200 classes are taught annually. For a list of times and locations, click here.

If you are interested in being a volunteer Caregiver or want to learn more about Bone Builders session leaders,  check out these job descriptions.

Food Insecurity Project Our volunteers work with partnering agencies to support community gardens and gleaning programs during our state's short growing season. Food goes to local pantries. Needy families receive fresh, nutritious food to improve their health without added cost.  RSVP volunteers provide staffing of soup kitchens and emergency meal offerings for needy families in the Friends RSVP service area.  RSVP volunteers provide staffing to food pantries in the collection, packaging, and distribution of food and other needed items to needy families throughout the coverage area of the individual pantries.
 
Several other initiatives are operated by us, including collecting and donating children’s clothes; making blankets and caps for infants in poverty; supporting the Purple Cap Project to teach new mothers about the “period of purple crying,” which is the most common period of infant shaking; making military helmet caps for soldiers and sailors, and holiday gifts for service men and women; and surplus food collections.

Volunteers can give as much or as little as they wish. Even one or two hours a month is appreciated. You can make a big difference in someone’s life! For Merrimack and Belknap Counties please call 1-800-536-1193 ext. 7608. For Rockingham and Strafford Counties call 1-800-536-1193 ext. 7614. Thank you!

 


 

Lead Sponsor

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Presenting Sponsor

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Program Sponsor

 Concord Ortho 2013

Program Supporter 

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Friends of RSVP

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Grant Support Provided By

EastmanFoundation 

Samuel P. Hunt Foundation

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Bagan Foundation

Henniker Rotary

Rotary Club of Henniker

 

Government Support Provided by

Merrimack County                                 Rockingham County

Atkinson Brentwood Candia Chester
Danville Exeter Fremont Hampstead
Hampton Hampton Falls Kingston Londonderry
New Castle Newington Newmarket North Hampton
Northwood Nottingham Plaistow Portsmouth
Raymond Rye Salem Sandown
Seabrook South Hampton Stratham  

 

RSVP is a Senior Corps Program of the 
Corporation for National and Community Service

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