AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Find out more about AmeriCorps.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) began as an outgrowth by private groups and government agencies to create opportunities of engagement, activity, and growth for older Americans following the work of the Community Service Society of New York on Staten Island beginning in 1965; the Society’s success led the Older Americans Act being amended to create RSVP as a nationwide program in 1969.
Our Mission (Senior Corps): To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Family & Community Services:
Family & Community Services has been a sponsor and advocate for all Senior Corps programs, including RSVP, for well over 20 years. Family & Community Services, Inc. is one of the largest nonprofit agencies in Northeast Ohio. F&CS has spent the past 75 years helping individuals of all ages; from providing life’s basic needs – food, clothing and shelter – to counseling and mentoring services. We are able to carry out our mission because of the network of volunteers and support from the community.
Last year we assisted over 100,000 people. Because of the generosity and commitment of our faithful supporters, we provided food for the hungry, clothes for those in need, shelter for the homeless, counseling for individuals and families, guidance for the young and encouragement for the downtrodden. Every day our 3,500 dedicated volunteers make it possible to respond to the increasing number of individuals and families who need us.
At F&CS, we’re never content to sit still. We provide more than 71 programs, in 21 counties and in two states – Ohio and Michigan. Simply put, where there’s a need, we look for a way to meet it.
Our Mission (F&CS): Family & Community Services, Inc. seeks to strengthen, empower and enrich the lives of individuals and families through a broad continuum of services.