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What is RSVP?

RSVP. has 51 offices across the state of Texas and 500 across the country. The local office, known as Heart of Texas RSVP of McLennan Community College, covers six counties: Bosque, Hill, McLennan, Falls, Limestone, and Freestone. The Heart of Texas RSVP at McLennan Community College is a non-profit organization that helps to connect skilled and unskilled volunteers with other non-profit organizations.

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History of H.O.T. RSVP

RSVP, formerly called the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, not only provides the Central Texas community with volunteer workers, but helps senior citizens to overcome challenges and maintain their motivation through work. The impetus for starting the program was former McLennan Community College President, Dr. Michaelis' own mother, who had been an avid volunteer in Kansas prior to her death.

The Beginning of H.O.T. RSVP

When Dr. Michaelis arrived at MCC in 1988, Central Texas did not have an RSVP. He immediately instructed his staff to write applications to host the federal program on campus. He knew that providing an outlet for seniors to volunteer their time and energy would benefit not only the elderly in Central Texas but the whole community.

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MCC was awarded the grant to host the Heart of Texas Retired and Senior Volunteer Program beginning on Sept. 30, 1990, according to MCC Board of Trustee minutes from Sept. 5, 1990. The college was initially awarded $49,176 in federal funds and $18,888 in state funds. RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provide seniors, ages 55 and older, with the opportunity to volunteer and serve their communities. The program is administered through the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Texas Department on Aging. The college supplies office space for the program to be hosted and supplements the salaries of the staff. Currently there are 1,400 RSVP senior volunteers who serve six counties in Central Texas including: McLennan, Falls, Bosque, Hill, Limestone, and Freestone.

RSVP Today

In Central Texas, about half of the over 1,400 RSVP volunteers serve McLennan County. Most volunteers work four to eight hours per week, and together they average 1,000 hours a week in Central Texas, Copeland reported.

They deliver food for Meals on Wheels and work in hospital gift shops, lobbies, and labs. They volunteer in police departments, libraries, and museums; they also tutor students and assist teachers in schools. Their volunteerism totaled 125,000 hours in 2005 to 2006 and saved Central Texas taxpayers an estimated $2.1 million that year, according to a June 21, 2006, press release by the Heart of Texas RSVP.

Aside from the economic benefits, the seniors make a host of friends and the work helps to stimulate their minds and fill their days.

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Did You Know?

In 2016, one volunteer hour is worth $24.66. Last year, over 600 volunteers across 6 Heart of Texas counties volunteered over 80,440 hours. That's over $2 million worth of volunteering! Find out how you can help.

Contact Information

Our office is located at Community Services Center (CSC) E108 on the McLennan Community College campus.

Call: (254)299-8755

scopeland@mclennan.edu

ssowder@mclennan.edu

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