Senior Volunteer Services
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 - 3945
RSVP of the Central Coast operates under the auspices of Senior Volunteer Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our main office is located at 660 Pismo Street, in San Luis Obispo, CA, with a satellite office at 528 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA. The mission of Senior Volunteer Services is to match mature adults with volunteer public service opportunities, both to sustain the volunteers' health and welfare and to utilize their experience and knowledge to address critical community needs. We have a staff of four and contract some functions to control costs. We are the only organization in this area performing volunteer management services focused on older adults. We recruit and place senior volunteers in a wide variety of non-profit and government agencies where we have a Memorandum of Understanding, matching their skills, experience and interests with opportunities for high impact community service. In 2011 our volunteers provided 179,693 hours of service to 200 agencies within our geographic area. Based on the Independent Sector/California 2009 value of a volunteer hour ($23.42), that equates to over $4.2 million dollars. RSVP has had a continuous presence in the area since 1972, and 95% of our volunteers report enhanced life satisfaction and healthy aging benefits. Many partner agencies state they would be unable to deliver services to their clients without RSVP volunteers. The longer senior volunteers remain vital and independent, the less strain is exerted on aging support services, allowing agencies to serve their client populations better with volunteer assistance, precluding drawing down on scarce financial resources. Our program is cost-effective, simultaneously contributing to successful aging and providing the volunteers to address critical local needs. Our community partners are varied, with a high concentration of opportunities for service in the focus areas of Healthy Futures (Homebound Seniors & Disabled Individuals), Veterans & Military Families, and Environmental Stewardship. Others are engaged in areas of Health & Nutrition, Housing, Human Needs, Public Safety, Community & Economic Development, Cultural Heritage, Education and Disaster Relief/Preparedness.