Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

Texas Panhandle Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers utilize their life experience and skills to answer the call of their neighbors in need. Volunteering is intended to promote goodness or to improve the quality of life for both the volunteer, as well as for the person or community served. Volunteering allows seniors the opportunity to use their talents and experiences to enrich the lives of others in meaningful ways.

The local program, sponsored by Panhandle Community Services, began in July 1973 and initially served Potter and Randall counties. The program now serves 12 counties including Armstrong, Carson, Collingsworth, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hutchinson, Moore, Ochiltree, Potter, Randall, and Swisher.

Who Volunteers?

Anyone age 55 years and older can be a RSVP volunteer!

Benefits of Volunteering

All RSVP volunteers are covered by personal injury and liability insurance. Volunteers are also covered by excess automobile liability insurance which covers claims incurred in connection with program-related volunteer work.  

RSVP Volunteers receive recognition for their service to their communities at annual recognition events.

RSVP Advisory Council

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is a community-based project. As such, there must be a real sense of local ownership and a spirit of partnership among the community and its partner organizations. The RSVP Advisory Council is a core group of individuals that represent non-profit organizations, RSVP volunteers and other community members that provide input on programming throughout the Texas Panhandle These individuals demonstrate their dedication to volunteerism as well as being a strong resource for the Program Director, Staff, and Sponsoring Agency—Panhandle Community Services.

Funding for the RSVP program comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and is part of the Senior Corps program. Local contributions help RSVP to expand their programming.  

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RSVP can help current volunteers find a new, exciting position or help those who want to volunteer and don’t know where to find an opportunity to serve. Whatever the senior’s need, volunteering with RSVP is the perfect choice.

Apply as a volunteer using our online application, call the RSVP office at 806-373-8389, or email  

What is the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides support to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of: engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.

Who is eligible to be a RSVP volunteer?

To be an RSVP volunteer, an individual must:

 Eligibility to serve as a RSVP volunteer shall not be restricted on the basis of formal education, experience, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap or political affiliation.

What are the terms of service of a RSVP volunteer?

A RSVP volunteer shall serve weekly on a regular basis, or intensively on short-term assignments consistent with the assignment description


Heart of the High Plains: Remember to RSVP 

RSVP volunteers spend their senior years impacting the community.