A map of RSVPs service area - Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk and Norman Counties of Northwest Minnesota

Impactful Service Opportunities

RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with impactful service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From tutoring children, to enabling seniors remain in their homes, AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of the Red River Valley volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.

For 45 years, RSVP of the Red River Valley has matched problems to be solved with people willing to help. Today, more than 500,000 seniors participate in RSVP, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation. You can be a part of this family of caring volunteers that is solving problems and bringing our communities together.

RSVP of the Red River Valley

SAIL exercise class.

Are you...

  • Newly retired?
  • SAIL exercise class.55 years or older?
  • New to the area?
  • Exploring community volunteering?
  • Bored?
  • Getting in your wife's hair? :)
  • Looking for new friends?

If so... RSVP can help.

  • RSVP is a national program, locally sponsored in your community, that is available to you, free of charge.
  • RSVP offers men and women, age 55 and over, volunteer opportunities that fit their interests, skills and schedules, and creates meaningful change for individuals and communities.
  • Our partnering volunteer stations are nonprofit organizations and public and private healthcare facilities. Stations and RSVP staff work together to develop, manage and retain a strong, healthy volunteer program.

Priorities are Important

Volunteer promoting the SAIL program

Region wide, many volunteers are responding to community needs that support:

  • children's literacy
  • aging in place for seniors
  • access to care/exercise
  • food security and nutrition
  • health education

Your priorities will guide your choices about where you invest your valuable time and talents.


Nontangible Benefits

Pets at the nursing home, bring joy!
  • Meeting new people
  • Feeling of contributing and giving of oneself and one's skills
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence in one's abilities
  • Renewing past acquaintances
  • Getting out into the community
  • Feeling a part of a greater cause
  • Learning new things and new skills

Volunteers often find that they receive more than they give. The quality of life is enriched by active participation in community service. But most of all, the community benefits because of the volunteers' willingness to share their most valuable possessions, their time and their talents.

Get Involved!

Many tables of people attending the RSVP Banquet in Brown Dining Room

We look forward to hearing from you about your decision to get involved. 

RSVP volunteers make a difference in their communities...they are a part of the solution to community problems.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Red River Valley, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Crookston, is provided funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Minnesota Board on Aging, the counties of Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Kittson, Roseau, and Norman, the University of Minnesota, along with Crookston United Way.

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