Stories

Every volunteer has a story. RSVP’s volunteer stories will inspire you to make giving back your second act.
What will your story be?

Fred – RSVP volunteer at the Swatara Watershed Association in Lebanon County

I enjoy doing this kind of work simply because it needs to be done. There are so many who look at the forests, waters and lands as just a commodity from which a profit can be extracted. I take some satisfaction knowing that I have helped to preserve and protect them. I like working along-side other like-minded volunteers who share a similar conservation and preservation philosophy.

Barb and John – RSVP volunteers at Perry County Food Bank and Central Perry Community Senior Citizens Center

Barb and John have dedicated all of their time to volunteering since retirement. They have volunteered for the Perry County Food Bank for 13 years – helping to pack up and distribute food to families in Perry County on Saturdays at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Barb also volunteers at the Central Perry Community Senior Citizens Center where she assists with the Troopons program, clipping coupons for our troops and military families.

Geoffrey – RSVP volunteer at Catholic Charities

If you ask Geoffrey what he enjoys most about tutoring, he is quick to share that his students bring him the most enjoyment. All of Geoffrey’s students are an inspiration to him. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to watch the students learn a new language and fit into their new home. Geoffrey’s students are using their improved English skills to obtain better jobs and to also become American citizens. Some added bonuses that students shared is their ability to read to their children more often and communicate with their children’s teachers more regularly as a result of coming to the classes.

Dan – RSVP volunteer at Cumberland County Court Appointed Special Advocates

I value being able to develop a rapport with the children who are often suspicious, angry or afraid of adults because of things that have happened to them in their childhood or because of underlying mental health issues. Some kids open up right away while others take more time. I also appreciate the incredible support from the staff at the Cumberland County CASA office. They are always there to provide good advice and a pat on the back no matter how busy they may be.