RSVP of the Red River Valley

Senior Corps logo. Click to visit website.The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley connects adults age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills, interests and availability. RSVP promotes national service as part of the Senior Corps. Choosing how, when and where they want to take action, RSVP volunteers put their talents to work to make a difference! 

United Way of Crookston, Minnesota 

Why volunteer?

Why volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve.

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Help yourself
Through service, you can add to the quality and health of your life. Research indicates that volunteers enjoy lower rates of depression and heart disease, higher levels of happiness and stay active and involved in the community!

Help your community
Know that you are giving your time, talent, wisdom, and experience to your community and neighbors who need you. An active and healthy community is a place where individuals and families feel cared for.

Help others
Be part of a national movement to transform America through the involvement of its citizens. Volunteering impacts individual lives, whether they be young learners, seniors wishing to age in place or families with food security needs.

Help the organizations you serve
By donating your time and skills, you help make funds go farther for organizations and local, state and federal agencies.

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What is RSVP?

What is RSVP?

A map of RSVPs service areaRSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with impactful service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From tutoring children, to enabling seniors remain in their homes, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.

For 45 years, RSVP has matched problems to be solved with people willing to help. Today, more than 500,000 seniors participate in RSVP, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation. You can be a part of this family of caring volunteers that is solving problems and bringing our communities together.

RSVP of the Red River Valley

Are you...

  • Newly retired?
  • SAIL exercise class.55 years or older?
  • New to the area?
  • Exploring community volunteering?
  • Bored?
  • Getting in your wife's hair? :)
  • Looking for new friends?

Volunteer promoting the SAIL programIf so... The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) can help.

  • RSVP is a national program, locally sponsored in your community, that is available to you, free of charge.
  • RSVP offers men and women, age 55 and over, volunteer opportunities that fit their interests, skills and schedules, and creates meaningful change for individuals and communities.
  • Our partnering volunteer stations are nonprofit organizations and public and private healthcare facilities. Stations and RSVP staff work together to develop, manage and retain a strong, healthy volunteer program.

Priorities are Important

Region wide, many volunteers are responding to community needs that support:

  • children's literacy
  • Pets at the nursing home, bring joy!aging in place for seniors
  • access to care/exercise
  • food security and nutrition
  • health education

Your priorities will guide your choices about where you invest your valuable time and talents.


Nontangible Benefits

  • Meeting new people
  • Feeling of contributing and giving of oneself and one's skills
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence in one's abilities
  • Renewing past acquaintances
  • Getting out into the community
  • Feeling a part of a greater cause
  • Learning new things and new skills

Volunteers often find that they receive more than they give. The quality of life is enriched by active participation in community service. But most of all, the community benefits because of the volunteers' willingness to share their most valuable possessions, their time and their talents.

Many tables of people attending the RSVP Banquet in Brown Dining RoomGet Involved!

We look forward to hearing from you about your decision to get involved. 

RSVP volunteers make a difference in their communities...they are a part of the solution to community problems.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Red River Valley, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Crookston, is provided funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Minnesota Board on Aging, the counties of Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Kittson, Roseau, and Norman, the University of Minnesota, along with Crookston United Way.

RSVP Impact Programs

RSVP Impact Programs

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RSVP Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

RSVP SAIL Program is a tier 3, evidence-based senior exercise model that improves balance, increases strength and promotes independence. Classes are taught by trained RSVP volunteer instructors and are held twice a week at 29 various sites throughout the region. Classes are free to all participants. Benefits include increased bone density and muscle strength, improved balance, increased flexibility, increased energy and mobility, increased sense of well-being and socialization.  Exercises are adapted for all levels of physical ability, with sitting or standing modifications.

Find evidence based programs throughout Minnesota (Juniper)

Reading Buddies

Literacy is the foundation of all learning!

RSVP Reading Buddy volunteers are matched with elementary school students who need a little extra help with their reading skills. Working one-on-one or in groups, Reading Buddy volunteers encourage your learners with prompts and a little TLC.

RSVP Handyman Program

The primary focus of the RSVP Handyman Program is to help seniors, age 60 and older or veterans of any age remain safely and independently in their own home for as long as practicable. RSVP volunteers will provide minor repairs and maintenance jobs, according to their aptitude. The labor is free, but the client pays for all necessary materials.  RSVP has a fund available to help scholarship those on a limited budget.

RSVP Groceries to Go Program

Volunteers will grocery shop for seniors age 60+ who are no longer able to shop on their own. Volunteers may take a client grocery shopping, or pick up and deliver groceries. Volunteers may assist in making out a grocery list, shopping and then putting the groceries away. Not only are the volunteers providing a needed service, but also the gift of time and companionship.

To take action in one or more of these volunteer opportunities or to request a service, please call us at 218-281-8288 or email Tammy at

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

We need volunteersGeneral Volunteer Opportunities

  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes/Senior Care Centers
  • Senior Centers
  • Senior Meal Sites
  • Wellness Education
  • Volunteer Driver
  • Schools
  • Respite Caregiver Support Program

If you are interested in a volunteer position that isn’t listed, RSVP can assist you, just let us know!

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Community Program Assistant
(218) 281-8288
(218) 281-8289

RSVP of the Red River Valley

University of Minnesota Crookston

251 Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8289



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