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Lead With Experience

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Due to the concerns with COVID-19, and following the directives from our state government, SUNY Oswego and social distancing practices, the RSVP office will remain closed until Monday, January 4th. RSVP staff will continue to work remotely and may still be reached by telephone at 315-312-2317 or via email at during business hours, M-F 8am-4pm.

RSVP is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to encourage and foster the development and maintenance of volunteer opportunities that engage, support and enhance the lives of Americans 55+, while responding to the priority needs of the community.

RSVP began as an outgrowth by private groups and government agencies to create opportunities of engagement, activity, and growth for older Americans. One of the earliest programs, the Community Service Society of New York, began in 1965 on Staten Island. The project involved a small group of volunteers who were dedicated to serving their communities in a variety of ways. It was due to the success of their efforts that led to an amendment to the Older Americans Act, creating RSVP as a nationwide program in 1969. Learn more about our historY>>

Our Programs

I go in every day, I learn so much from the volunteers working the shift on any particular day and their willingness to make sure that families are given the chance to eat well. The gratitude that is shown by those asking for the assistance can be overwhelming and fills our hearts.

Interested in joining?

With 40+ partnering agencies RSVP offers volunteers many different options such as Osteo Bone Builders and 6 Step Balance System™ instructors, and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance™ instructors, OCO Home Delivered Meals and Dining Centers, food pantries and soup kitchen staffing, environmental stewardship, AARP tax aide counselors and driver safety instructors, youth mentorship, Veteran’s support services, and more.

Become a volunteer today!



Office of Business and Community Relations
34 East Bridge Street, Oswego, NY 13126


Phone: 315.312.2317

Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

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