Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

I don’t think my father would have recovered or would have had the will to recover (from a major stroke) if not for feeling the need to return to volunteering.-Comment from the son of an RSVP volunteer.

medfr12618Phone: (217) 359-6500

Eligibility: Older adults, age 55 or better, who enjoy staying active and involved in their communities

Service Area: Champaign, Douglas and Piatt Counties

As an RSVP member you may choose from among more than 100 local public and non-profit organizations where you can donate your skills and experience.  You will be joining other older adults who volunteer their time to meet critical community needs at schools, food pantries, libraries, hospitals, etc.  You may volunteer as little time as one hour a month to as many as 40 hours a week.  Your membership benefits may include mileage reimbursement, supplemental auto insurance, volunteer recognition events and much more.

New Address:  RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center is located in the lower level of the News-Gazette building at 15 E. Main Street, in downtown Champaign.  The Stevick Center also serves as a drop-in center for RSVP volunteers and other seniors. Click here to see the Stevick Center on a map.

Contact Karen Graves at

Fees: None

Intake Process: Call, email or download an application to become a member.   We will schedule a time for you to meet with us to help you choose the right volunteer job for you.

Downloadable Forms

RSVP volunteers may use this link to email your hours to Robbie at

Community Involvement Opportunities for RSVP Volunteers

The Family Service Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers older adults in Champaign, Douglas and Piatt Counties the opportunity for meaningful volunteer service to the community.  To volunteer, call Cathy or Karen at (217) 359-6500 or email us at

Check out the current edition of the Senior Connection, RSVP’s bi-monthly newsletter highlighting a few of our current volunteer opportunities, community events, and programs. RSVP members receive a copy through the mail every other month.

If you’d like to sign up for our e-newsletter please e-mail  The e-newsletter is emailed at the beginning of each month and includes a complete listing of all volunteer opportunities. Many of our members receive both to stay up to date with RSVP activities and volunteer opportunities.

Food Assistance

Daily Bread

Soup Kitchen open Monday-Friday 11 am-12:30 pm

Kitchen Workers/Servers: Flexible volunteer shifts available 8 am-3 pm

Family Service of Champaign County Meals on Wheels

Monday-Friday 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Deliver prepared meals to senior’s homes using your own vehicle.  Work a minimum of one shift a month; weekly is preferred.  Mileage reimbursement is available.

Food for Seniors Program

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 7-11 am

The Food for Seniors Program provides supplemental groceries to low income Champaign-Urbana seniors twice a month.  Work with about 20-25 other seniors volunteers, helping sack groceries, unload boxes, or deliver bags of groceries to homes using your own vehicle.


Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

Snack Club Assistant: Every day at 4:00 pm.  Club members enjoy a healthy snack.  Meals include foods from at least two major food groups and are served by trained snack helpers.  RSVP volunteers help facilitate and manage the snack program including preparing and serving food, and monitoring the cafeteria.

Mentoring: The mentoring program focuses on providing emotional support to club members.  Mentors help their mentees with career exploration, post-secondary education, drug/alcohol abuse prevention and self-esteem issues. Mentoring happens weekly and can be done on an individual basis or in a group setting.

Homework Help:  Students get homework help through an intensive 2-3 hour after school program.  Club members read by themselves, to other children, listen to a mentor read, or read to a mentor for 20 minutes.  Volunteers assist club members with homework, reading, or just be there to answer questions.

Coaching: Help youth achieve and maintain fitness, acquire a broad range of skills, and develop a sense of teamwork, cooperation, and fairness that leads to the development of healthy lifestyle patterns.

International Hospitality Committee

ESL Tutor: Help University of Illinois International students practice conversational English

International Friends Program: Students want to see everyday American life, so you simply include them in what you are doing anyway.  See website for application to the 2016-17 academic year program.

Wesley Foundation Student Center

Fridays 4-6 pm

“Etc.” International Coffeehouse: Enjoy casual conversation in a coffeehouse setting with international students to help them practice their ESL (English as a Second Language) skills

Courage Connection

(Domestic Violence) Playgroup Volunteer: Tues. and Wed. 9 am-12 noon

(Homeless Services) Playgroup Volunteer: Tues. and Thurs. 9 am-11am

(Homeless Services) Play group Volunteer: Tues. and Thurs. 4:45-7 pm

Clerical/Front Desk/Office Assistant: 12-2 pm daily

Domestic Violence Shelter: 40 hours training required

Resale Store: 3 hour shifts–Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays

Services for Seniors

Champaign County Nursing Home:

Adult Day Care Assistant: Provide assistance to the Activity Coordinator with day care activities as needed (at your convenience)

Bingo Caller Assistant: Help Activity Coordinator with organizing the Bingo games and serving as caller when needed.  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:15 pm, or Saturdays at 2:15 pm

Friendly Visitor: Visit and provide companionship to home-bound patients at any time, or accompany the resident to any activities they want on the premises–sing-along on Thursdays at 10 am, craft classes, Bingo, etc.

Men’s Group Assistant: Assist/lead the Men’s Group in Trivia games, etc.

Family Service of Champaign County Senior Transportation

Using their own vehicles, volunteers provide rides, to medical appointments and/or to the grocery store.  Let us know what day(s) or time(s) you are available and we can work around your schedule. Mileage reimbursement is available. More information can be found here.

Friendly Visitor

Any time at your convenience

If you are now (or have been) visiting a senior (friends or neighbors) either in their own home, assisted living or nursing home…get volunteer credit!  Also, if you give seniors rides to doctor appointments, to pick up prescriptions, etc. just record those hours as “Friendly Visitor” and the put the recipient’s name on your time-sheet.  If you would like to start, just call Cathy at 359-6500.

Greeter/Receptionist/Office Assistance

Bulk Mailings

Bulk Mail Assistant: Assist assembling/preparing (collating/stapling/folding/stuffing envelopes, affixing labels, etc.) bulk mailings for non-profits when requested

Champaign County Health Care Consumers

Receptionist/Office Assistant: General office assistance–Mon-Fri 9 am-1 pm or 1-5 pm

Stevick Senior Center/RSVP

Receptionist: Greet visitors and answer phones at our office at 15 E. Main Street in downtown Champaign.  If you cannot commit to a ½ day on a regular basis, you could fill in as needed mornings (8am-noon) or afternoons (noon-4pm) Mondays – Fridays.  Free parking is available.

Community Service

Champaign Public Library

Friendshop Assistant:  (Wed.-Sat.–10:30am -2 pm or 2-5:30 pm, Sundays 1-5:30 pm, Mon. and Thurs. 9-11 am)  Serve as a cashier (3 hours shifts) or a shelver (2 hour shifts).

Home Delivery Drivers: deliver books and other library materials to homebound patrons. No gas reimbursement, but all deliveries are within the Champaign city limits.  Reliable transportation, valid drivers license and background check required.

Crisis Nursery:

New volunteers must attend 4 training sessions followed by 18 hours of on-the-job training.  Check out the website for application and details.

Salvation Army

Food Pantry Assistant: Help organize food products, assist program recipients in accessing services, some paperwork required.

Receptionist/Office Assistant: Basis greeting, receptionist and general office assistance

Thrift Store Assistant: Sort donations/stock shelves/cashier in the Thrift Store

 Call us at (217) 359-6500 for more information about volunteer opportunities.