Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was first funded locally in January of 2001 to serve the Dickinson and Iron County areas. This program is part of AmeriCorps, the federal agency that connects individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation's most pressing challenges.

The mission of RSVP is to engage adults aged 55 and better in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide high-quality experiences to enrich volunteers' lives.

RSVP matches volunteers to a variety of public and non-profit agencies according to their skills, interests, and available time. RSVP is a very flexible program and is adaptable to suit each unique volunteer and volunteer station!

Depending on availability, RSVP volunteers set their own schedules and choose where they would like to serve. Many organizations in Dickinson and Iron Counties are designated as RSVP volunteer stations.

RSVP Staff
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What Do Volunteers Receive?

  • Free volunteer placement
  • Opportunity to use your skills and expertise
  • Chance to learn something new every day
  • Supplemental accident and liability insurance
  • Meals, transportation, and mileage reimbursement
  • Satisfaction of knowing that you made a difference
  • Social get-togethers with other RSVP volunteers
  • "RSVP Rave" monthly newsletter

Why Volunteer?

  • to live a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life.
  • to get in touch with new faces and places and new challenges.
  • to add interest and meaning to your life.
  • to make a difference in your community.
  • to share a skill with others.
  • to gain leadership skills.
  • to do your civic duty.
  • to stay busy.
  • the reasons are endless!

What Are The Required Qualifications?

The qualifications to this program are pretty simple!

RSVP volunteers must be ages 55 or better, willing to volunteer a few hours a month or more, and be willing to work with others to solve community needs.

Volunteers get to make their own schedules depending on where they volunteer.

Many continue the type of work they have already enjoyed in life, while others try something completely different. RSVP volunteers may choose to volunteer in one or more locations.

There are numerous RSVP Volunteer Stations throughout Dickinson and Iron Counties for volunteers to choose from. Just let us know what type of volunteering you enjoy! 

  • Clothe or feed the needy
  • Build a house
  • Help at a hospital
  • Visit nursing home residents
  • Answer telephones
  • Serve any local non-profit
  • Clean up the environment
  • Serve meals or help with activities at a senior center
  • Preserve our history
  • Care for animals
  • Or a host of other opportunities!

How Do I Start?

To start volunteering through the RSVP program, please fill out an enrollment form so that we can find a volunteer opportunity that will be meaningful and satisfying to you!

Enrollment forms and other information regarding the program can be found at the DICSA main office.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact us. We're happy to help! 

Kathy Arnold - RSVP Director
906-774-2256, x223

Kendra Trulock - RSVP Assistant
906-774-2256, x224

1238 Carpenter Ave., Iron Mountain, MI 49801