Retired & Senior Volunteer Program

Lead with experience. 

If you’re willing to share the skills and experience you have gained through a lifetime of living, come, join us. Become a United Way RSVP member today!

United Way RSVP is changing the image of older adults. RSVP stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. Consisting of over 200,000 volunteers throughout the country, RSVP members tackle tough issues in their community. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities specialized for older and more experienced adults. When you join RSVP, you will have a chance to learn new skills, utilize skills you already have and become involved in activities that will benefit your local community. Through RSVP, volunteers match their skills, wisdom and talents with the needs of the community in Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke Counties.

Who can join the United Way RSVP?

  • Seniors 55 and older
  • Seniors who have a genuine desire to make a difference in their community
  • Seniors who have few (or many) hours to give

Why join the United Way RSVP?

  • FREE Membership
  • FREE volunteer placement
  • Flexible hours - volunteer on your own time
  • Opportunity to learn or share a talent
  • Meet new people
  • Training from the organization where you serve
  • Supplemental liability insurance
  • Limited mileage reimbursement while volunteering*
  • Social, Educational & Recognition events throughout the year

*For approved stations & volunteer assignments only.

What can you find United Way RSVP volunteers doing?

  • Assisting at Hospitals, Food Banks, Shelters, Hospice, Nutrition Sites, V.A. Clinics, Civic Centers and Day Care Centers
  • Working with after school programs for children, teenagers and young adults
  • Knitting, crocheting & sewing
  • Tax Preparation for low income households and  seniors
  • Office Administration
  • Interviewing
  • Helping to provide serves for the needy and most vulnerable.
  • Answer and directing calls for your station
  • And, much more…….

We can match your abilities, skills and interests to one of our various stations!

How to Join: 

Print out our volunteer application by clicking here. Fill out the form and mail to United Way RSVP, 951 Eastport Centre Dr. Valparaiso, IN 46383.

If you have questions or need assistance with the RSVP appliation, contact Evelyn Harris at evelyn@unitedwaypc.org or 219-464-3583, ext. 127. 

Interested in becoming an RSVP Station? 

RSVP members are stationed at RSVP stations throughout a 4-county area. These stations are places where members volunteer their time and talents. A station can be any nonprofit or business that uses volunteers to tackle hard issues such as hunger, health care, domestic violence, economic opportunity, education, veterans and military family support services.

United Way RSVP Stations receive the following program benefits:

  • FREE Membership
  • FREE Volunteer placement
  • FREE Volunteer Management Training
  • No pressure to keep a volunteer who doesn’t work out.
  • Social, educational and recognition events throughout the year for not only the RSVP member but station supervisors.
  • Another benefit for current volunteers who are part of your agency
  • And, so much more.

Interested in being a United Way RSVP Station? Click here to email or call 219.464.3583.

Current United Way RSVP Stations

  • Adam Benjamin VA Clinic 
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Answer for Pregnancy Aid
  • Bonner Senior Center (Portage Township)
  • Campagna Academy
  • Center of Workforce Innovation, INC
  • Community Services of Starke County
  • Dunebrook
  • Duneland Family YMCA
  • First Presbyterian Resale Shop
  • Habitat for Humanity NWI - ReStore 
  • Hilltop Neighborhood House
  • La Porte County United Way
  • La Porte Meals on Wheels
  • Lake Area United Way
  • Lake County Sheriff's Department (POAP)
  • Lakeshore Public Media 
  • Meals on Wheels of Michigan City
  • Memorial Opera House
  • Mental Health America of Porter County
  • Michigan City Senior Center
  • Nazareth Home
  • New Creations Men's Center
  • Opportunity Enterprises
  • Porter County Aging & Com. Ser.(PCACS)
  • Recovery Connection (Porter County PACT) 
  • Reins of Life, Inc.
  • Sacred Heart Food Pantry
  • Salvation Army- LaPorte
  • Secret's Loving Care Adult Day Service
  • Sojourner Truth House
  • St. Mary's Thrift Shop
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc. 
  • United Way RSVP
  • Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (UWPC) 
  • Village Park Enrichment Center at Banta
  • VNA Porter County - Meals on Wheels
  • We Care From the Heart
  • Westchester Public Library
  • Wittenberg Lutheran Village, Inc.