Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a free, federal program to support volunteers 55 and better. It is made available by a grant from AmeriCorps Seniors. Locally, RSVP is organized by United Way Emerald Coast and is focused on uniting our community, leveraging resources to improve lives.

United Way Emerald Coast partners with nonprofit organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties to provide volunteer opportunities that match your skills, experience, and lifestyle with the needs of our community. Whether you choose to give one hour a week or ten, short-term projects or ongoing, you WILL make a difference in our community.

With RSVP, the choice is yours! You choose the volunteer opportunity addressing one of the focus areas where you are willing to donate your time, you choose the amount of time you want to give, and you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, with the guidance of United Way, you find the opportunity that's right for you.

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BENEFITS OF JOINING

Studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. When you volunteer, you are not just helping others, you are helping yourself. Some benefits of RSVP membership include:

  • Choose how, where, and how often you want to volunteer
  • Give back to your community with a cause that is important to you
  • Meet new people and build lasting friendships through service
  • Participate in exclusive educational and social opportunities, including the annual volunteer recognition event
  • Receive personalized, ongoing support from United Way Emerald Coast RSVP staff
  • While volunteering you are covered by FREE excess accidental medical coverage, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance
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WHO CAN APPLY

RSVP is open to all Okaloosa and Walton county residents age 55 and up.  Volunteers must commit to one hour of service per year.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Submit the RSVP Volunteer Application (Applications may be submitted below, or download and print the form to return via email or mail)
  2. The RSVP Director will contact you for an interview either in-person, by telephone, or on Zoom
  3. Attend the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP orientation
  4. Select your Volunteer Station and attend a hands-on orientation with your station  (*some Volunteer Stations may require a background screening)
  5. Setup your schedule and start volunteering!

APPLY TODAY

Submit your application below to volunteer with AmeriCorps Seniors and United Way Emerald Coast RSVP.  Please complete all sections of the application.  Once complete please sign & submit, original signatures are required for enrollment.

If you prefer to fill out a pdf application, please download and return via email to gina@united-way.org or brittnee@united-way.org. You may also print and mail your application to United Way Emerald Coast, Attn: RSVP, 112 Tupelo Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Applicant Information

Contact Information:
Preferred Method of Contact
Do you have any physical/medical conditions that may limit your activities?
Do you have any prior criminal convictions or offenses?

Experience & Interests

(i.e., computer, tutoring, administrative skills, languages, etc.)
Please select your preferred area(s) to volunteer:
Days/Hours Available:
Insurance Coverage Benefits

As an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer in RSVP, you will be covered by accident, personal liability, and excess automobile insurance plus a small death benefit while performing volunteer duties. This coverage is automatic and free of cost to you as long as, you are an active, enrolled AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer in RSVP. Please provide the following information.

Beneficiary for AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Supplemental Accident Insurance:

Demographic Data

The following information is optional to complete and will not affect your enrollment with UWEC’s RSVP Program. AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP is often asked to provide demographic information pertaining to volunteers for mid-year and annual reports. Please provide the following information.
Gender
How do you identify in terms of your race and ethnicity?

Check all that apply.

Are you a retired veteran?
Are you an active-duty military member?
Are any of your family members actively serving in the military?

Photo Release

Please indicate if United Way Emerald Coast may have permission to use your likeness?

I hereby grant UWEC and its affiliates the irrevocable, unrestricted right to use, publish, display, and distribute materials bearing my name, voice, likeness, or any other identifiable representation of myself in any media, for any purpose whatsoever, including commercial purposes, without further compensation.

By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read and understood the following statements:

  • I hereby state that I am 55 years of age or older and offer my services as a volunteer for the Okaloosa or Walton counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. I understand that I am not an employee of the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Project, the sponsor, Okaloosa or Walton counties, the volunteer station, or the Federal Government and agree to serve without compensation.
  • As an Okaloosa or Walton counties AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteer, I understand I may have access to sensitive confidential information, including information about the staff, volunteer leadership, programs, and possibly finances of Volunteer Stations I will be serving at. I will treat all information I receive through my designated Volunteer Station as confidential, and I will not use this information for any purpose other than performing my duties for my volunteer services. I agree to protect this information to the best of my ability and not disclose it during or after my service as a volunteer has ended.
  • I understand that if I use my personal automobile in my volunteer service, I will arrange to keep in effect automobile liability insurance equal or greater to the minimum requirements of the state of Florida. I will also keep in effect a valid Florida Driver's license.
  • I understand that the liability insurance provided by RSVP Okaloosa or Walton counties will provide protection against claims in excess of any benefits provided by other insurance. This includes accident insurance, personal liability insurance, and excess automobile liability insurance.
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