RSVP Volunteer Opportunities
VANTAGE’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) connects active older adults with a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities.
Matching our communities’ needs to national objectives, our primary goals include supporting nonprofits addressing healthy futures, environmental stewardship, economic opportunities, capacity building, and senior isolation. Find volunteer opportunities that match your passions and interests with RSVP.
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Our Current Volunteer Opportunities
CSFP Food Distribution Assistant
Help fight food insecurity by helping with the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which supports the nutritional needs of low income seniors. Distribute boxes that contain nutrient-rich foods to help improve the overall health of seniors at our Romig Road office. This opportunity requires a 3 hour weekly shift with flexible hours.
Green Good Neighbors
Green Good Neighbors is a non-profit organization serving southern Summit County, whose purpose is to provide area low-income families with a monthly emergency food order, gently used clothing, and miscellaneous household items.
VANTAGE Brand Ambassadors
VANTAGE Aging Brand Ambassadors are the frontline faces of our agency. They represent our organization at community events and in group settings. Brand ambassadors talk to the public about VANTAGE’s programs and services and how they help older adults age positively in their homes and neighborhoods. Volunteers should enjoy talking to people and have an interest in our mission to promote a positive perspective on aging. Training is provided.
Summit County Metro Parks
Spread the word about Summit County’s beautiful Metro Parks! This is the perfect volunteer activity for individuals who enjoy both people and the great outdoors. Use your personality and training to educate the public on various topics, help out with programming, and interact with visitors.
Hunger is one of the biggest issues facing our community today. Food on the table or in the fridge is something that most of us take for granted. For some, it can prove to be one of the largest hurdles to overcome. Volunteer with our food programs to help feed families in your community with emergency food assistance, hot lunches, and monthly food giveaways.
The Summit County CATCH Collaborative (SC3) partners work together to help kids develop and sustain healthy habits during the foundational stages of childhood that are critical to long-term developmental success. Backed by 25 years of research, CATCH has been proven to launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. If you are looking for an active volunteer opportunity or are passionate about childhood health, this is a great fit for you!
Chronic Disease Self-Management Lay Leader
If you have experience with a chronic illness or as a caregiver to someone with a chronic illness, you can help others through this unique opportunity! The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a 6-8 week program that teaches older adults with chronic illnesses the skills they need in the daily management of treatment. CDSMP is a welcoming group setting that also aims to increase participants’ activity levels.
Matter of Balance Lay Leader
Co-lead VANTAGE Matter of Balance classes to help seniors reduce their fear of falling and improve activity levels. The MoB program includes 8 two-hour sessions and focuses on practical coping strategies to diminish the risk of falling.
Goodwill Reading Radio Program
Goodwill’s Radio Reading Program serves the vision and print impaired community. Volunteer to read on the radio program to help those with print impairments gain access to in-depth coverage of local newspapers along with readings from magazines, and best-selling books presented in series. Talk shows and special interest programs encourage listeners to share experiences, exchange views, and gain knowledge. Specially tuned radios are provided free of charge to qualified listeners.
Heartland Senior Companion
Volunteer as a senior companion with Heartland! The agency provides specialized care that focuses on supporting patients and their loved ones during advanced illness. The emphasis is on comfort and quality of life, rather than finding a cure. As a volunteer, you help patients and their families live each day to the fullest as comfortably and dignified as possible.
American Red Cross
The vital work of the American Red Cross is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs change based on current events, adding flexibility to get you involved in an area that inspires you! Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army not only provides for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter but also invests its time in the human spirit by offering counseling, education programs, recovery/support programs, and spiritual support. Volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army’s ability to provide quality social services for the entire community. In fact, all of our programs would not be possible without the support of generous volunteers. Let us know how you can help in our many areas of volunteering!
Mentor older adults on their journey to successful employment through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). SCSEP is a job training program for people age 55 and older who are looking for work. You can build a supportive and empowering relationship with a job seeker by guiding your mentee through employment-related issues and barriers to retaining a job.
Telecare Phone a Friend Program
Everyone deserves a friendly voice. Be the warm friend on the other line of the phone by volunteering to check in on an isolated senior. You can do this from your home, and it only takes a few minutes! This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone who does not have transportation are mobility but wants to volunteer
Summa (Summit & Medina)
Do you have a “helper” personality? Volunteer with Summa to help provide a comfortable, clean environment for patients and their families. Add a positive patient experience by building relationships with patients and tending to their needs.
Summit County is looking for:
- Emergency Department Rounder (Akron Office)
- Patient Care
- Patient/Guest Ambassador, Same-day Surgery Center
Summa Wadsworth is looking for:
- Emergency Department Rounder
- Hospital Guides
- Patient/Guest Ambassador, Same-day Surgery Center
Medina County Park District Land Steward
Enjoy the outdoors? Medina County Parks need volunteers to help with conservation practices. Help maintain garden beds, remove invasive species, plant trees, and collect seeds at various locations throughout the Medina County Park District.
Medina Personal Care Pantry
Help families who need you right here in your community. Medina Personal Care Pantry provides personal care products, cleaning supplies, and food to families in Medina and surrounding areas.
We need pantry volunteers to help with pantry distribution and activities, as well as people to help set up for the pantry on the last Thursday of the month from 9:30AM-12PM. We also need helpers to share information and collect donations at partnering drug stores.
The Society works to promote and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and socialize as citizens in the community. Each June and July, the organization hosts a day and overnight summer camp program called Camp Paradise.
Can you help campers have a great time? We are looking for volunteers right now to provide a lifetime of memories and serious summertime fun. Activities include help with outings, arts and crafts, and reading to individuals.
For Community Organizations in Summit and Medina Counties
RSVP volunteers bring a lifetime of experience. Find out how RSVP can help you plan, train, and recruit for successful volunteer placements that strengthen your organization and help you achieve your mission. Or, get your current volunteers involved in RSVP to double your impact.
Get started by contacting us at 330-253-4597 x166 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The following agencies are taking advantage of RSVP:
- AARP Coventry #3820
- AARP Portage Lakes #2213
- Akron City Hospital
- Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
- American Red Cross of Summit and Medina Counties
- Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Direction Home Akron-Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities
- Faith in Action
- Good Neighbors – Ellet
- Good Neighbors – Green
- Good Neighbors – Spicer
- Heartland Hospice
- Medina County Health Department
- Medina Personal Care Pantry
- Mt. Zion Food Pantry
- OASIS Tutoring
- Open M Food Pantry
- Salvation Army Akron
- Second Baptist
- Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Medical Center
- The Goodwill Industries of Akron
- United Way FEC
- VANTAGE Aging
- YMCA CATCH