First Report of the National Evaluation of RSVP Volunteers

Posted by Corporation for National & Community Service on May 23, 2016

To celebrate Senior Corps Week, check out our newly released research!

The first report, which focuses on the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, looked at program reach and service terms and found, among other things, that on average a Senior Corps volunteer stayed engaged for eight years. The second report focuses on the Senior Companion Program and found that both clients and caregivers reported high rates of program satisfaction and a sense of self-efficacy, and that the majority of clients were low-income (83% making less than $20,000 annually).

Since its founding in 1971, Senior Corps has a history of using evidence for improvement. This research is an important addition to the Senior Corps evidence base, which includes studies like The Health Benefits of Volunteering and evaluations of program models like Experience Corps. As Baby Boomers retire in increasing numbers it’s important to serve and keep Seniors engaged in service!

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