Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Strengthen our communities by helping others

Be active and make a difference. We provide meaningful volunteer opportunities that give you purpose and a way to give back to our communities. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is the nation’s largest network for volunteers age 55 and over.

Through our partnering agencies, we can help you find a position that will fit your specific skills and interests and works with your schedule.

You can make a difference close to home. For Pierce County, we have volunteer sites in greater Tacoma, Puyallup, Graham, Edgewood and Gig Harbor. For Kitsap County, volunteer sites are located in Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard and North Kitsap County.

Volunteers are healthier and live longer

To volunteer through RSVP, you must be 55 or older, have a few hours a week to give, and enjoy working with others to strengthen our communities.

You have a lifetime of experience. Put it to use by making your community a better place to live and work.

Volunteer opportunities through RSVP

Nutrition: Pierce and Kitsap Counties host a variety of ways to help make sure that no one goes hungry. Local food banks, Meals on Wheels programs and congregate meal sites improve access to food.

Garnering Donations: Local non-profit thrift stores need volunteers who enjoy working with customers. Pierce County offers positions as cashier, customer assistance, and custodian/maintenance. 

Mentoring/Tutoring: Share your love of reading with children, and inspire them to read more!  There are volunteer positions available in local schools for people willing to help children and teens succeed in school, including helping with math, computer labs and other scholastic/learning activities.

Sharing History: Pierce and Kitsap Counties have a rich historical heritage. Volunteer in Pierce County as a docent, help with outreach, or assist students on local school field trips.

Medical: Hospitals and health centers in Pierce and Kitsap Counties offer volunteer opportunities that include working in the gift shop and being a wayfinder or greeter.

Clerical/Office Assistance: Many organizations need a little extra help in the office. You could answer phones, greet visitors, help with the filing, or provide computer skills.

Art and Music Classes: Our Opening Minds through Art (OMA) and Music and Memories classes give people with dementia and other cognitive challenges the opportunity to freely express themselves artisically and musically. Volunteers are needed to assist with and encourage particpation by joining along to have fun with art and music. A one-hour training (for OMA only) is required to volunteer. No art or music experience is needed.

Senior Friends: Become a Senior Friend to a lonely or isolated senior in Pierce or Kitsap County. Friends visit for four or more hours per month going on outings, recalling memories, or playing games. Give the gift of socialization to a senior in need today.

To apply for volunteer opportunities in Kitsap or Pierce County RSVP Volunteer Enrollment & Background Form

Benefits of joining RSVP

Our volunteers tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to try new things and meet new people. We have volunteer recognition programs. Our quarterly newsletter contains volunteer resources and RSVP news. We also have supplemental accident and liability insurance to protect you.

By joining the program, you become part of a national Senior Corps movement of hundreds of thousands of volunteers striving to help their communities.

To learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities:

For Pierce County residents: call 253-722-5695 or
email us at [email protected]

For Kitsap County residents: call 253-722-5695 or
email us

A total of 400 RSVP volunteers served 89,000 hours in 2016 in Pierce County.  That’s an estimated $2,148,460 worth of volunteer service. In Kitsap County RSVP provided over 29,500 hours of volunteer service at an estimated worth of $712,130.