United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

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 500,000 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 do you become a United Way RSVP Member? 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.

RSVP members are stationed at RSVP stations throughout a 5-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 reseive 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

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Answer for Pregnancy Aid
  • Campagna Academy
  • Center of Workforce Innovation, INC
  • Community Services of Starke County
  • Dunebrook
  • Duneland Family YMCA
  • Family Advocates (LaPorte County)
  • First Presbyterian Resale Shop
  • Gary Life Education Initiative Inc
  • Hilltop Neighborhood House
  • Hospice Franciscan Communities- Lake Co.
  • Hospice Franciscan Communities- LP Co.
  • IU Health La Porte Hospital
  • La Porte County United Way
  • La Porte Meals on Wheels
  • Lake Area United Way
  • Lake County Sheriff's Department (POAP)
  • Meals on Wheels of Michigan City
  • Memorial Opera House
  • Michigan City Senior Center
  • Nazareth Home
  • New Hope Church of God Food Pantry
  • Northwest Indiana Community Action
  • Opportunity Enterprises
  • Portage Township Food Pantry
  • Porter County Aging & Com. Ser.(PCACS)
  • Reins of Life, Inc.
  • Sacred Heart Food Pantry
  • Salvation Army- LaPorte
  • Pines Village Retirement Communities
  • Portage Township Bonner Senior Center 
    Secret's Loving Care Adult Day Service
  • Sojourner Truth House
  • St. Mary's Thrift Shop
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults
  • Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
  • The Salvation Army East Chicago Corps
  • The Salvation Army Hammond/Munster
  • United Way Porter County VITA
  • United Way RSVP
  • Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Inc
  • Village Park Enrichment Center at Banta
  • VNA Porter County
  • We Care From the Heart
  • Westchester Public Library