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About RSVP of Rutland & Addison County

RSVP and The Volunteer Center is an "Invitation to Serve" program for people of all ages who want to make a difference, get involved and enjoy the experience of volunteering. We serve individuals and organizations in Rutland and Addison Counties.

Nationally, RSVP, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation,began in 1971 as part of the Older American’s Act. Today, RSVP is part of the National Senior Service Corps, which consists of RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides federal dollars as well as policy guidelines and regulations. There are over 1350 Senior Corps programs throughout the United States with over 500,000 volunteers. For more information on Senior Corps check out their website.

94 percent of Senior Corps volunteers report that their service has improved their knowledge, health, or social connectedness.

Locally, RSVP & The Volunteer Center is part of the Community Care Network's Rutland Community Programs, our sponsor for over 30 years. RSVP/VC has the unique advantage of being a well-established volunteer program with over 35 years of successful volunteer management as well a strong collaborative partnership with over 150 non profit organizations in the 2 county region we serve.


RSVP and The Volunteer Center has over 900 volunteers at our disposal to mobilize and engage as the needs arise for their services. Last year alone, RSVP/VC volunteers provided 158,796 hours to more than 150 non profit organizations in the Addison and Rutland county region. What does this mean to our communities? It means that RSVP is a catalyst for positive change, with volunteers positively impacting their communities with their dedicated service.

Additionally, RSVP has implemented programming we call "Signature Programs" to address pressing community needs like osteoporosis and child literacy issues through direct service projects designed, launched and managed directly by RSVP/VC. What all of our "Signature Programs" have in common is that they utilize volunteers as the key provider of the service. To get more details about these innovative and exciting projects click on the Signature Programs tab.

We invite you to explore the world of volunteering. See how you can make a difference one person at a time...

You can volunteer as little or as much as you want. There is no minimum time required or age restrictions. Your gifts of time and talent will be appreciated and valued by those you touch with your service. Professional volunteer coordinators in our offices in either Rutland or Addison County will assist you in selecting from hundreds of volunteer opportunities to find what suits your needs best. You can be sure their professional, personalized and ongoing support will make your volunteer experience successful and satisfying.

As a volunteer you will receive orientation and ongoing support, newsletters of interest, supplemental insurance while volunteering, annual recognition events to honor your efforts and the opportunity to make new friends and experience the tremendous satisfaction of giving back to your community!


Vermont Governor James Douglas presenting RSVP/VC volunteers
Candy and Chuck Hall with The Governor's Service Award.

Contact us today to get started! And remember: When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

RSVP and The Volunteer Center leads the effort to expand the use of service and volunteering as a key solution that responds to our communities' most pressing challenges. Our mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

>> 2014 Impact of Volunteers Data (DOC)
>> Addison County Volunteer Handbook (PDF)
>> Addison County Volunteer Hours Reporting Form (PDF)
>> Download our Brochure (PDF)
>> Rutland County Volunteer Handbook (PDF)
>> Rutland County Volunteer Hours Reporting Form (PDF)
>> Volunteer Protection Act (PDF)