Many believe that a meaningful life is not complete without the fulfillment that comes from helping others.
If you're ready to take your commitment to the community to the next level, while meeting new people and gaining new experiences, RSVP 55+ is for you!
- Meet other active adults and stay engaged in the community
- Get to know people in the community you might not otherwise meet
- Get help finding volunteer opportunities that suit your interests and schedule
- Keep updated on volunteer events and other news in a monthly newsletter
- Get reimbursed for your mileage
- Make an impact on local nonprofits and the central Iowa community
The 55+ Initiative of United Way of Central Iowa is a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Questions? Contact Lynne Melssen, RSVP 55+ Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hundreds of Central Iowa 4-year-olds are at risk of not gaining the skills needed to start kindergarten, and research shows children who start behind, stay behind. Book Buddy reaches children in the critical year before kindergarten, helping them build the pre-reading skills they need for a strong start in school. For 40 minutes a week, volunteers read one-on-one with four-year-old students at early childhood centers in Des Moines.
Almost 1 in 5 fourth-grade students in central Iowa read below grade level. Power Read is a literacy and mentoring program that pairs volunteers and elementary school students to read together on a weekly basis. Everybody Wins! Iowa and United Way of Central Iowa are partnering to provide reading and mentoring experiences to children who might not have one-on-one attention from an adult. Power Read’s ultimate goal? To increase children’s chances of success in school and in life.
In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the most important decision of his or her life: to graduate from high school.
You'll be paired with a Des Moines Public Schools staff member to visit the homes of students at risk of dropping out of school. You’ll connect personally with the student and their family, share powerful information about career outcomes for dropouts, and help return them to the path that leads toward graduation.
You can help local low-income families by volunteering to provide free income tax preparation.
As a VITA volunteer you will be provided with the training and materials you need to become IRS certified. Volunteer greeters and Spanish translators are also needed to welcome taxpayers and make sure they have the paperwork they need.
Medical appointments, dental visits, trips to the pharmacy or grocery store - these are all challenges for seniors and adults with disabilities who don’t have access to transportation. Using your vehicle, volunteers provide transportation and conversation to those in need. Opportunities include Grimes and Urbandale.