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Isn't it time you put your talent to work?


Volunteering is sometimes viewed as an entirely selfless act, with the assumption that you’re sacrificing your time and resources to help others without any benefit to yourself…

But, as many of us that volunteer already knows, this is far from the truth. Although our primary goal through volunteering may be to help others, we also know that the experience of helping others feels incredible! Volunteering in your community can help the older American stay healthy, active, and connected to their community. That is why Dove’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a vital part of Macon and DeWitt Counties. We help volunteers 55 years of age or better find meaningful volunteer opportunities that fit a volunteer’s passion, expertise, and time. Volunteers willing to serve ensures that needed services are available to those in need.

Before getting started with a volunteer opportunity, it’s important to ask yourself what you’d like to learn or accomplish from volunteer service.  If you jump into an opportunity that doesn’t resonate with what you’re already passionate about on some level or doesn’t align with your current skills or interests, you could walk away with a negative volunteer experience, which would be a shame! When you decide to join a service organization, it is essential for you to bring with you a positive attitude, a compassionate heart, an open mind, and the motivation to help others this will help to ensure you will have the best possible experience.

Dove's RSVP has 42 years of experience matching volunteers with their passions at local non-profit, proprietary health centers, or governmental agencies. The program is successful because we have over 400 volunteers who make it their purpose to serve in their communities at more than 75 partner volunteer stations. Our partner stations rave about our volunteers because they know these volunteers are the best of the best when it comes to experience, dedication, and perseverance. Isn't it time you put your talent to work? To get started give the RSVP office a call in Macon County 217.428.6616 or in DeWitt County 217.935.2241 to learn more about what you can do for yourself and others who need you. 


Charlie Gillaspie
RSVP Program Director

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