Volunteer & Employment

Want to start volunteering but don’t know where or what’s offered?

A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available through RSVP.  Click the button below to view current community needs then contact RSVP at (716)858-7548 to find out more.

Our volunteer coordinator is here to discuss your interests and volunteer opportunities that are a good match for you.


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RSVP Volunteers:  Report Your Monthly Hours

You must be an enrolled RSVP volunteer in order to submit your hours.
If you are over 55 and would like to enroll in RSVP, 
please contact the RSVP office at (716)858-7548 or patricia.dowling@erie.gov.


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Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Erie County for all residents of Erie County age 55 or older.

Help others by sharing your experience, abilities and skills - join the team of senior volunteers making a difference in Erie County by contacting us at (716) 858-7548 today.

Benefits of Being an RSVP Volunteer:

  • Opportunity to try new things and meet new people
  • Satisfaction of knowing you are needed and appreciated
  • Volunteer recognition
  • Travel reimbursement (mileage, bus, rapid transit)
  • Supplemental accident and liability insurance 

Some of the Things RSVP Volunteers Do:

  • Bring donated food from restaurants and stores to soup kitchens, etc. to alleviate hunger
  • Help children learn to read or improve math skills
  • Show people how to observe nature and ask questions by acting as tour guides and docents at nature preserves, the zoo, or varied museums
  • Deliver meals to people who are unable to leave their homes
  • Make friendly phone calls to alleviate loneliness
  • Drive vans to transport elderly and disabled persons to places they need to go
  • And many more to make a difference in the community

There are so many ways to volunteer within one (or more) of our over 90 partner sites. RSVP volunteers serve in the Buffalo Public Schools, as tour guides at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, serving up a hot meal at the Matt Urban Hope Center and so much more. 

You’ve gained a lifetime of experience. Now is the time to put your skills and talents to good use by volunteering through Erie County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – RSVP. Orientations cover RSVP’s history and mission, volunteer policies and procedures, volunteer opportunities, and volunteer benefits.

Please join us for one of the following orientations to learn more and where you can start volunteering!

RSVP Orientation on Tues., Oct. 18th 2:00pm–3:30pm at Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Buffalo, 40 Gardenville Parkway, Suite 300, West Seneca. 
At this orientation, we will cover RSVP’s history and mission, volunteer policies and procedures, volunteer opportunities, and volunteer benefits. Meet other RSVP volunteers and find out about the many ways that RSVP is making a difference in Erie County! To register, please call 858-7548. Registration is required. 


Volunteers in the classroom can make an astounding, positive change in the habits and behavior of a child. Students working with volunteers not only have higher test scores and improved grades but also demonstrate a better attitude, higher level of self-confidence, have fewer absences, regularly complete homework assignments and ultimately are more likely to graduate.

RSVP is seeking volunteers to serve in select Buffalo Public Schools this coming school year. Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups working, reading, writing, and practicing math skills.