“About a year ago, I was very anxious to pursue a volunteer opportunity.  As I investigated various places to volunteer, I found that many organizations had online volunteer applications.  I began filling out these online applications from several organizations, then anxiously awaited replies -- which I never received!  I even went back and filled out the same online forms again, but still received no feedback.  I, then, decided it was time to visit a well-known organization in Tulsa that places volunteers.  I decided to visit in person to tell them I was ready to volunteer, but when I went to their website to get the address of their location, I noticed it said “No walk-ins!”  Unbelievable!  Undaunted, I decided to approach my effort as if I was looking for a job.  I mailed off a cover letter and resume to several different organizations.  A few weeks later, I received an email from the volunteer coordinator of one of these organizations.  The organization had several locations in which to volunteer, but the coordinator said there was only one opening for me.  This location was an extreme distance from my home.  Due to this difficulty and the coordinator’s noticeable lack of interest in me, I decided it was not the place for me to volunteer!  An acquaintance of mine told me about an organization that needed volunteers for a mentoring program.  I was very excited to learn this as I had recently earned a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and am a Life Coach.  I thought this would be a great volunteer opportunity for me; it would give me great experience at utilizing my skills!  When I called the volunteer coordinator for the mentoring program and told her I would like to be a mentor right away, she said I could only mentor on a certain night of the week, which turned out to be on the same evening I had a standing appointment every week.   When I told her that night of the week would not work for me, she expressed she was sorry and hung up the phone.  She did not even offer me the chance to have another volunteer position in the organization!   At this point, I knew that I should not take all this rejection personally, but…..it was getting hard not to do that!!  I was so eager to volunteer somewhere!  Then, RSVP crossed my mind.  I was 55 now and met the minimum age requirement, so I checked out RSVP’s website and filled out their online volunteer application. I thought, “This is probably just another waste of time.”  An hour later, I checked my computer and much to my delight and surprise, there was an e-mail from RSVP’s volunteer coordinator thanking me for filling out the application.  She also wanted to schedule an appointment with me to meet ……IN PERSON….. and discuss what types of volunteer positions I was interested in pursuing with RSVP!  I was so overjoyed!!  My meeting with RSVP’s volunteer coordinator was better than I could have hoped for and I am so excited to now be volunteering in a position that will utilize my skills and education.  Thank you so much RSVP for your interest in me – I am really looking forward to being part of such a great volunteer organization!”
Lynn A.
New RSVP of Tulsa Volunteer