RSVP’s mission is to match the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to help solve community challenges. One of the most important ways we do this is through collaborating with local non-profit and public agencies to identify needs and then create programming to address these needs.
RSVP has seven special collaborative programs, the first created in 1996, which are operated by RSVP staff and manned solely by RSVP volunteers. RSVP staff is responsible for recruiting, teaching, and supporting volunteers in order to assure effective programming and volunteer satisfaction.
- RSVP Airport Ambassadors is a partnership with the Tulsa International Airport Authority. Ambassadors work four-hour shifts one day per week, and provide hospitality and information services to airline passengers at three locations at the airport. RSVP Airport Ambassadors are the first welcome that visitors receive when arriving at our airport.
- RSVP A-Team is a special projects volunteer team that collaborates with all RSVP partner agencies. Volunteers fold, stuff, seal, staple, label, zip, and/or bundle bulk mail projects, and also prepare conference folders, pack “goodie” bags, and other time-intensive bulk projects.
- RSVP Knittin’ Kittens meet each Friday in the RSVP Tulsa office to knit or crochet items that will be donated to partner agencies which serve at-risk youth, families in crisis, and survivors of family violence. RSVP also has similar volunteer crafting groups in Creek County, “Happy Hands,” and in Wagoner County, “Nifty Needlers.”
- RSVP Court Watch partners with the Ann Patterson Dooley Family Safety Center. Volunteers observe cases in Tulsa County Courts to help the justice system be more effective and responsive in handling cases of violence, particularly against women and children, and to create a more informed and involved public.
- RSVP Family Safety Shepherds are the “extra hands” for the Ann Patterson Dooley Family Safety Center professional staff. Volunteers are required to listen well, communicate clearly, work without direct supervision, and show compassion for victims of violent crime and their children.
- RSVP Grandfriends collaborate with Headstart and Community Action Project. Volunteers visit early childhood classrooms once a month or once a week for 2-3 hours to assist teachers with classroom activities or to share personal interests with a small group of children.
- RSVP Power Up+ volunteers serve clients of Redemption Ministries and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections by assisting in the reintegration of prisoners back into society as they complete job resumes, create a monthly budget, get an email address, and learn technology skills needed to obtain a job.