History of service

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program began in our area in 1973 to serve the community in Montgomery County and Radford. There are currently more than 250 senior volunteers, age 55 and older, and more than 34 workstations. RSVP provides transportation to and from volunteer assignments. Volunteers work at stations that best suit their skills and interests. They are given an opportunity to apply skills from past experience or to learn from new experiences.

Our services benefit the environment, nonprofit organizations, community organizations and many people of all ages. Volunteers have adopted Pandapas Pond in cooperation with the Blacksburg Ranger District as a monthly clean up site. Nonprofit agencies such as SHARE and the Christmas Store recruit our services for newsletters and mass mailings, as well as volunteer participation at the site. Volunteers operate a telephone assurance program called Telecare. In conjunction with the Sheriff's Office, shut-ins and elderly citizens are called to make sure they are safe and well.

RSVP volunteers visit, do errands, make comfort items and provide transportation for elderly citizens, shut-ins and nursing home residents. The "Kids and crafts" program works with preschool children. The RSVP Scholarship Fund raises money from local businesses to present two scholarships to local graduating seniors who wish to continue their education in the health care field.

In the past year, RSVP volunteers gave more than 54,000 volunteer hours to the community. At minimum wage standards, our community has received a monumental return on their investment in RSVP. Volunteers received the 1995 Governor's Award for Volunteerism Excellence, citing RSVP as "a model for other volunteer organizations in the Commonwealth." In 1994, RSVP won the prestigious JCPenney Golden Rule Award for outstanding volunteer service by an agency.

The number of people age 55 and older in the United States today is more than 32 million. In Montgomery County, the senior population represents 35 percent of all citizens. The senior and retired population is one of this country's greatest national resources. Seniors have much to give and their talent and wisdom are needed at every level of American life.

Like all volunteers, seniors gain by giving, and the benefits of their efforts work both ways. Local communities receive valuable services, while older Americans feel useful and needed, and can see the results of their efforts in the improved lives of their neighbors. The challenges and activities of their new careers as RSVP volunteers promote a longer, happier and more meaningful life.

We are very proud of our volunteers and their hard work given to the community over the last two decades. Your continuing support of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps us help others!

Montgomery County
Health & Human Services Bldg.
210 S. Pepper St., Ste. D
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Phone: (540) 382-5775
Fax: (540) 381-6856
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Hours: Mon.-Fri.,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.