EXCITING NEWS TO START THE NEW YEAR
Thank You and Happy New Year Friends!

We sincerely thank our volunteers, families, friends, clients, businesses, grantors, and other supporters who have helped in bringing RSVP’s valuable services throughout rural Nevada. We are most grateful for your continued support!

As we start 2020 - RSVP is wishing you much happiness throughout the new year!
RSVP Achieves Service Enterprise Certification

RSVP is pleased to announce that it has been certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise! Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a prestigious accomplishment for an organization. Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. 
 
RSVP completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and coaching, and an extensive internal planning and change process to better integrate volunteers into our human capital strategy. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, RSVP is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.

“The Service Enterprise (SEI) accreditation process was an eye-opening experience which allowed our organization to incorporate its institutional knowledge into everyday policies and procedures. This journey helped us with long-term sustainability and identify immediate needs. SEI gave us the opportunity to examine the systems and services our volunteers and staff work within, make adjustments, improvements, and document our progress along the way. Our organization is much stronger because of the SEI certification journey.”
-   Susan C. Haas, Executive Director & C.E.O., Nevada Rural
Counties RSVP Program Inc.
 
RSVP Volunteers donate countless hours of selfless service each year to improve the quality of life in our communities and ensure the health and independence of seniors and others in need. Living independently helps to retain the dignity and lifestyle of the individual. They are able to avoid costly and premature institutionalization in a long-term care facility at a cost that ranges between $82,125 and $94,969 annually in Nevada (AARP Long-Term Care Calculator, 2015). In 2018, the value of RSVP services for 95,286 hours of volunteer contribution was $2,405,399!

Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.  
 
The Service Enterprise program is a national change management program that helps organizations gain a greater return on volunteer investment to better achieve their mission. For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please visit RSVP . For further information regarding Service Enterprise, please contact NV Volunteers.
RSVP Welcomes Steve Johnson to the team!

We are pleased to announce the recent hiring of Steven Johnson to the position of Controller in our Carson City office. 

Steven joined RSVP in December. He holds a BBA in Accounting and a CPA license in the State of Nevada. He has a diverse background in both Public and Corporate accounting. While in public accounting, Steve rose to the position of Audit Partner in a large local CPA firm. He has been a Senior Manager of Internal Audit for a national mortgage company, Senior Corporate Accountant in large publicly traded corporations, and VP of Finance and Accounting in the manufacturing industry. 

His honesty, integrity and professionalism are qualities many appreciate. Steve is a skilled communicator who connects with people through the heart. Steve can be contacted at 775-687-4680 ext. 4, or sjohnson@nvrsvp.com.


Events & FUNdraisers mark the beginning of a new decade - 2020! 



35th Annual RSVP Spring Celebration & Carnival, May 7 - 10
Mills Park, Carson City

29th Annual 4 th  of July Carnival & Fireworks Extravaganza, July 2 - 5
Mills Park, Carson City

Reaching For Zero, A Veteran Appreciation and Veteran Suicide Prevention Awareness Event, September 19 Casino Fandango Ballroom, Carson City

35th Annual Nevada Day Carnival, October 29 - November 1
Mills Park, Carson City

To learn more about event details, ticket information and Sponsorship opportunities, please visit RSVP or call Steven Nichols at 775-687-4680 x 118, or snichols@nvrsvp.com.
RSVP Community Volunteer Stations

RSVP matches the talents of individuals with the needs of the community. Community volunteers serve their communities through a variety of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and health care facilities. 
 
RSVP Community Volunteer Stations address community needs and show broader impact. Community volunteers serve in various ways which include: tutor, teach, mentor and coach children and adults; literacy programs and crafting classes; community events; ushers at performing arts centers; lead museum tours and docent services; help at animal shelters and rescue organizations; Nevada State Legislature assistance; hospital volunteer services; library services; computer assistance for the elderly and others in need; family resource centers and senior centers; Veterans memorial services; food bank services; commodity foods distribution and more.
 
If you would like to learn how to become a Volunteer Station, please contact Sandy Severance at 775-687-4680, ext. 6 or sseverance@nvrsvp.com . To view our esteemed list of RSVP Community Volunteer Stations visit RSVP Volunteer Stations .
Shop For Good

Support the important work of RSVP through your shopping experience. Helping our seniors can be as easy as shopping!
RSVP is registered in Smith’s Inspiring Donation Program (Unique Non-Profit Organization number is  FE 428). 

Smith shoppers can link their rewards cards to Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc. online at Smith's Inspiring Donations .
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (www.smile.amazon.com), select Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc. to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. 

AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to RSVP. Visit AmazonSmile .
RSVP will be featured in the Target Circle grant program and will participate in the voting campaign which begins April 1 and runs through June.

Target Circle is a loyalty program where shoppers can earn and cast votes for non-profits. RSVP will receive a grant based on the percent of votes received. To view more info on the program and how it works visit Target Circle .
Upcoming Community Events

Active Living Health Fair - January 24, 8 am - Noon
Douglas County Community & Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Ln, Gardnerville
Registration & vendor info.: 775-782-5500, ext. 3

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia - January 28, 3 - 4pm
The Chateau at Gardnerville,1565 Virginia Ranch Rd, Gardnerville
Registration requested: 800-272-3900


Senior Outreach Services Education Talk - February 11, 9 - 11am
Read About It! Hidden Treasures in Your Local Library
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 604 W. Moana Ln, Reno
Respond by calling 775-784-7506 or sinaw@unr.edu

RSVP Open House - February 20, 1 - 3pm
Lockwood Senior Center, 800 Peri Ranch Rd., Lockwood
For more info. call 775-560-1073
                   Client Testimonial Shows Impact

"The past six months would have been a nightmare without your tremendous support. Words cannot express the gratitude Dave and I have for your friendly and sweet nature in taking care of our legal problem."
- RSVP Humboldt County CARE Law client
Mission Statement

To provide Lifesaving Volunteer Programs that Help Seniors Maintain
Their Dignity, Self-Respect & Independence