Become an AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteer
Who is eligible for AmeriCorps Seniors?
Any person 55 years or older may join AmeriCorps Seniors. There are no other requirements!
Eligibility to be an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteer is not restricted on the basis of race, color, national origin (including individuals with limited English proficiency), sex, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, or military service.
RSVP strives to be supportive of the needs of each AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer and to make reasonable accommodations for all volunteers.
Benefits of Joining AmeriCorps Seniors
AmeriCorps Seniors makes volunteering easy and rewarding by connecting you with a volunteer assignment tailored to your interests, skills, and experience.
Membership is 100% FREE, and as an RSVP member you'll enjoy the following free benefits:
Membership in a national service organization:
As a federally-funded program, we rely on national performance measures to guide our efforts and ensure your work contributes to real, demonstrable impact in our community.
Support of RSVP staff:
In addition to matching you with the best volunteer assignment for you, our staff are available any time to resolve issues and ensure you have the most successful volunteering experience possible. We'll help you navigate the application process at your volunteer station, and, if you desire, we'll even accompany you on your first day to help you feel more comfortable.
All AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are automatically covered with supplemental accident, personal liability, and excess automobile insurance while in service at an RSVP volunteer station or other RSVP-approved service activity and while traveling to/from their assigned volunteer stations.
Reimbursement for transportation costs:
AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers may elect to receive reimbursement for mileage or bus fare when traveling to/from their assigned volunteer stations.
Invitation to volunteer recognition events and social gatherings:
We celebrate the contributions of our volunteers to the community with formal and informal events featuring food, fun, and friendship.
AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteers are Healthier, Too!
In addition to the benefits you'll receive as an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer, research shows that volunteering is good for the health and well-being of volunteers. Older adults who volunteer frequently live longer and report better health. Volunteering can also lead to new friendships and a more positive attitude.
Click here to learn more about the health benefits of volunteering!
How to Join AmeriCorps Seniors
AmeriCorps Seniors is free and easy to join! Here's how:
Complete and sign the form, then send it to us by one of the following methods (Note: if you plan to request transportation reimbursement, be sure to indicate so on the form. A separate application will be provided to you, or you can access it here on the website):
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP of Spokane County
YMCA of the Inland Northwest
1126 N Monroe
Spokane, WA 99201
Fax to: (509) 343 4096, attn: RSVP
Drop the form off at our Corporate Office at the above address. Just ask for Teri or Justin at the front desk. You can also leave the form at any YMCA facility.
RSVP staff will contact you to schedule an orientation, where you will receive your Volunteer Handbook, learn how the program works, and determine the ideal volunteer assignment for you. We can even accompany you on an introductory visit to the volunteer station(s) of your choice.
That's it! There are no fees to join, and 100% of your personal information will be kept secure and confidential.