Volunteers with the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) in Toledo work to provide the best aid possible for seniors in need, by working in conjunction with the Toledo Police Department and the Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging.
R.S.V.P. is a volunteer program that was originally created in Fall 2000 and continues to support seniors in the Toledo community today. The program strives to foster a partnership between volunteers and local seniors that may need support and companionship due to old age, family situation or health reasons.
“Our clients rely on us and always look forward to our visits,” Florence McLennan, Office Manager of R.S.V.P., said.
R.S.V.P. Operates out of the Ottawa Park substation located at 2145 N Cove Blvd., to provide for centralized planning, control, support and organization.
R.S.V.P. Volunteers regularly check on the safety and wellbeing of clients while providing companionship during weekly visits. Volunteers can assist clients with immediate help, provide conversation and develop friendships during visitations.
“After you’ve visited a couple of times it’s like they become family to you,” McLennan said.
After each visit, volunteers should determine if there is a need to make a follow-up referral to improve the client’s quality of life. Referrals are made to the Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging to provide clients with extended services and resources beyond the volunteer program.
The program ensures that clients can rely on volunteers by scheduling appointments ahead of time and providing an advanced notice from the volunteer on the day of the visit. R.S.V.P. Volunteers can be easily identified by their identification badges, uniform and marked vehicle.
How To Apply
Volunteers can have a total of three visits per month, and the program operates weekly from 8am-2pm. While clients must live in the Toledo area, volunteers can apply from across the state. R.S.V.P. volunteers must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for the program:
- Must be 55 or older.
- Possess a valid operator’s license.
- Possess a high school diploma or GED.
- Successfully complete a background investigation.
- Be physically able to perform the duties.
- Volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a month.
- Successfully complete R.S.V.P. Training program.
- Be familiar with the City of Toledo and be able to read a map.
If you meet these requirements and would like to apply as a volunteer or are interested in receiving program services, call the Toledo Police Department R.S.V.P. Office at 419.936.3720.