Retired & Seniors Volunteer Program of Rock County, Inc
2433 Riverside Dr
Beloit, WI 53511
608-362-9593

Volunteer Opportunities 

The following are RSVP volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Wanted Immediate Need

Desk Attendant at Beloit Art Center

  • Greet guests
  • Answer phones
  • Guide people to website
  • Ring up sales for gift shop

For more information contact Retired & Senior Volunteer Program   608-362-9593

Or email  pschutt@rsvp-rock.org

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Whether you want to knit, work with children, drive seniors to appointments, deliver meals, or get involved in other activities, RSVP has an opportunity for you to become involved.

Introducing Vets Helping Vets

 RSVP is excited to introduce Vets Helping Vets, a program which assists veterans, spouses or partners who no longer drive.  Drivers who are veterans themselves (or their spouses) are able to provide transportation to any medical appointment, the grocery store or other necessary appointments for fellow veterans.

We are searching for Veterans and their spouses or partners who are 55 and older who want to make a difference in the lives of other Veterans.

Volunteer drivers receive mileage reimbursement, supplemental liability insurance and staff support and training, as well as volunteer recognition throughout the year.

If you are interested in being a driver, or you are a vet who needs a ride, please call Patty at Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 608-362-9593.

Foster Grandparent Program Introduced

Share your time and experience with local youth who are in need of a stable adult to give advice, share experiences, help with homework or just be a mentor, helping guide them through the varied challenges of life.

You can make a positive difference in the life of an elementary, middle or high school student.

Volunteers spend up to five hours a week sharing time with their foster grandchild.

Volunteers are given an initial four hour training session and on going, periodic training throughout the program.

We are currently searching for those 55 and over who would like to share some time with a youngster in the Beloit School District.

For more information on this rewarding opportunity, please call Laura Anastasi, Intergenerational and Foster Grandparent Program Director at R.S.V.P

608-362-9593 or  at lanastasi@rsvp-rock.org

Four Intergenerational Programs Need Your Help

BABES  (Beginning Alcohol and Addiction Basic Education Studies)

This is a puppet show to educate first graders about substance abuse, peer pressure, coping skills, good decision making and self- image.  This is a five week program that meets once a week for 45 minutes in the fall and spring.

Intergenerational Heroes

This is an after school program that teaches fun, healthy activities and hobbies in small groups to 4th, 5th and 6th graders.  This is a six week program that meets once a week for one hour.

Folk Fairs

Are you still thinking about joining the Folk Fair family?  Well, stop thinking about it and join us in the upcoming school year.  Folk Fairs are living history lessons given to area elementary students.  RSVP volunteers demonstrate and share how to make butter, soap and sauerkraut.  They play the lap dulcimer and demonstrate how to clog and line dance.  They also share antiques, a collection of dolls and wooden toys.  You say you don’t have a talent or hobby you can share, well no problem.  We will be happy to set you up with one of our displays.

America Reads

Do you enjoy reading?  Why not share that joy with area students who are struggling.  Reading is a key to success in education and in life.  Did you know that four out of ten fourth graders can’t read at grade level?  There is a huge demand for volunteers that are willing to help students with their reading.  You can make a huge difference in the life of a child.

For any information on any of these programs please contact Laura Anastasi, Program Manager at R.S.V.P., at 608-362-9593.

Seniors Volunteering for Seniors

Would you enjoy helping fellow seniors with doctor appointments, grocery trips and other essential errands?  Seniors Volunteering for Seniors is looking for drivers in the Rock County area.  Seniors Volunteering for Seniors Teen Program is also looking for senior women to take young women and their child to school to obtain their high school diploma at 8:00 am and 1:00 pm and other various rides.  Drivers are reimbursed at .42 cents per mile and offered supplemental auto insurance.  Both opportunities are required to pass a background check.   Contact Patty Hansberry at 362-9593.

Beloit Public Library
The Beloit Public Library has a program for volunteers to help keep the library items in correct order by “shelf-reading” at the library.  This program is called “Adopt-A-Shelf”. Volunteers attend a mandatory 2 hours of training to learn how the library is organized alphabetically and by the Dewey Decimal system. Volunteers then agree to adopt an area of the library’s collection and help make sure that it stays neat, in order, and dusted. The next Adopt-A-shelf training is on Monday Jan. 18 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. If you are available please contact Vicki Hahn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 608) 364-5756.

SVS Friendly Voice
Seniors Volunteering for Seniors is looking for volunteers to fill friendly visit opportunities.  A friendly visit can consist of talking, playing cards, playing games, or just being there to spend time with them.  Current needs include one for a gin player in Janesville, and other opportunities throughout Rock County.  Our program is also currently looking for drivers to transport seniors to doctor appointments, grocery stores and other necessities of life.

We are also looking for female volunteers age 55 and over to transport young teen mothers and their children to and from school.  Currently there is a mom with two children trying to find rides to the headstart building in Beloit at 8:00 am and then back home at 1:00 pm. Please contact Patty Hansberry at 608-362-9593 or email phansberry@rsvp-rock.org.

Seniors Volunteering for Seniors

Transportation Program

Would you enjoy helping fellow seniors get to their doctor appointments, the grocery store, the pharmacy and other essential errands?  There is an ongoing growth in the requests for rides from our seniors and RSVP is continually looking for drivers in the Rock County area.  These volunteer drivers also substitute for Food Pantry Drivers, and an additional person for the Beloit route to ride along to help the driver.  Drivers are reimbursed at $.50 per mile and offered supplemental auto insurance when needed.

Phone Assurance

The phone assurance program helps seniors remember to take their medicine, provides someone just to check on them or offers someone to visit with on the phone.  Hours vary starting at 8:00 am.

Friendly Visitor

Seniors Volunteering for Seniors is looking for volunteers to fill friendly visit opportunities.  A friendly visit can consist of talking, playing cards, playing games, or just being there to spend time with them.

RSVP

RSVP is looking for energetic board members to help fulfill the mission of the agency.  The board meets once a month on the third Friday.  Board members are also asked to participate in fundraising activities, including the volunteer recognition dinner in June.  If you are interested, please contact Pam Carper at (608) 362-9593.

COVID 19 Pantry Delivery Program

SVS collaborated with Rock County Council on Aging-Mobility management, ECHO, Caritas, C.U.P. Orfordville Lutheran Food Pantry, and Clinton Lutheran Pantry.  Rock County vans were delivering grocery items to people who have no other way to get to the pantry.  RSVP was able to secure funding from the United Way Blackhawk Region and the Stateline Community Foundation to provide the program.  With a new program comes a need for new volunteers.  We are looking for regular drivers and substitute drivers.  These are the routes and times:

  • CARITAS Beloit – Every Friday at 11:45am
  • ECHO Janesville – Every Thursday at 11:45am
  • Orfordville CUP – 1st and 2nd Thursday at 9:45am
  • Clinton Lutheran Pantry – 3rd Tuesday at 11:00am  All routes take approximately 1-2 hours.

This is a contactless delivery system; we call clients when we arrive then deliver grocery items to the front door and wait for them to come to the door before leaving. We are looking for delivery drivers in all areas. Please contact Patty Hansberry at (608) 362-9593 or email phansberry@rsvp-rock.org.

Virtual Social Gathering

Thanks to a grant from the Community Care Corps we are able to purchase a group of Facebook Portals, and the internet connections for those.  A Facebook Portal uses voice commands to connect with another Portal.  You can tell the portal who you want to reach and during the conversation you are able to see the other person you have connected with. We are in the process of recruiting volunteers to set the portals up in the homes of clients and teach them how to use it.  We are also looking for volunteers who would like to be a leader of 2 or 3 individuals.  You would make, weekly contact with the individuals just to visit and see how they are doing.  Please contact Patty Hansberry at (608) 362-9593 or email phansberry@rsvp-rock.org to talk about any of the opportunities listed here.  Thank you.

HealthNet of Rock County

Interested in a meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunity?  HealthNet of Rock County relies on charity and volunteerism to help provide critical medical and dental services to the underserved residents of Rock County.  Currently, they need administrative volunteers from 9:00am to 11:30am on Thursdays in their medical clinic at HealthNet.  They are looking for volunteers who are:

  • Able to operate a standard telephone system (answer inquiries, transfer calls, etc.)
  • Semi-proficient/comfortable with computers (Windows) I calendar, email, Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Comfortable with diverse populations

If you are interested in helping, please contact Devin Dionne, HealthNet of Rock County, (608) 756-4638

If you are interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities contact RSVP (608) 362-9593

Autumn Lake Healthcare, Beloit 

Autumn needs volunteers to help with activities.

Beloit Health Systems

Beloit Health Systems needs volunteers for numerous duties (escorts, grill, etc.). Shifts are flexible.

Beloit Public Library

The library has a program for volunteers.  If you love books this is just for you.

Beloit Senior Center

The Goldenaires need male singers.  Rehearsals are every Monday at 9:30 am

Council on Aging Nutrition Program

COA needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals M-F during the lunch hour.  Drivers will go on one or more ride-alongs prior to going out on their own.

Family Promise of Beloit

Family Promise is looking for volunteers on weekends for help with meals, general clerical, receptionist, and other light duties.

Junior Achievement

Share your experiences and skills with students from your community, help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work a life.

Mercy Health

Needs volunteers to answer the phone, help the residents, or sign up to work a shift.

Milton Food Pantry

The pantry needs volunteers to do sorting, stacking, packing, and food distribution.  If you have a few extra hours that you would be able to help out with this program.

Rock County Historical Society

They are looking for volunteers to help process collection donations, help guests with researching family and other histories, serve as guides for visitors, as well as many other volunteer opportunities.

St Mary’s

St. Mary’s is in need of volunteers for their gift shop, assistance for nursing staff, escorts, clerical support, and delivering goods to patients.

The Gathering Place

They are looking for volunteers at the meal site in Milton.  This position would assist the site manager with portioning out & packaging the home delivered meals.

Family Promise of Beloit

This is a special request for volunteers to provide dinners for one week and companionship to some of the families at the shelter.  If you are interested in helping out please contact RSVP (608) 362-9593.

Beloit Historical Society Volunteer Opportunities

The Beloit Historical Society (BHS) is seeking volunteers with a wide variety of opportunities.  All training, tools and equipment are provided, and scheduling is flexible.

Cataloging Collections

Are you a hands-on type of person?  Do you love antiques, old documents, and historic photographs?    Volunteers who work with the BHS collections catalog new artifact donations, improve current artifact records, organize collections storage, and research more information on the artifacts.  This volunteer opportunity is a great way to have fun working directly with artifacts and see visible results.

Remember, there is always something to do and someone to help.  You can be the one to help another.  Volunteer today.  (608) 362-9593

 

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