RSVP Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a fee to join?
There is no fee. We are grateful that you are willing to donate your time and that you have recognized the great impact volunteers can have on their communities.

Will I need training?
Some volunteer assignments may require some training. Of course you will be informed and educated about the role you will have as a volunteer.

Do RSVP volunteers only serve the nonprofit community?
No! We strive to support the efforts and missions of nonprofit organizations and government agencies within Frederick County.

I’m disabled, can I volunteer?
Every effort is made to develop volunteer assignments that are accessible to persons with diverse physical limitations. RSVP of Frederick County will comply with all aspects of the Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964,

What are the advantages of volunteering through RSVP rather than directly in my community? Either way it seems I am helping!
RSVP performs like a placement agency. We conduct an interview with you to see where your interests are, what your skills are, what kind of time commitment you want to make and what you did during your career. Based on that information, we work with an extremely diverse group of organizations to match you with the perfect job. We also provide supplemental insurance which is free to you during your volunteer activity. Additionally we plan social events such as the annual volunteer recognition ceremonies and many other social events.

Why is it so important to report my hours?
We track the number of hours our volunteers provide. When you report your hours, we gather them to document your sizeable impact on the community. These hours are then reported to Congress. Through RSVP, you are giving back to your local community while serving your country at the same time.

May I join RSVP and continue serving where I am?
Yes. If you are currently volunteering at one of RSVP’s partner agencies, you can become a member and stay right where you are. If you serve at a non-profit that is not currently a member, we can discuss it becoming one.

Can you help me find something that will accommodate my busy schedule? I sometimes travel quite a bit.
We have many kinds of volunteer opportunities to choose from — sporadic, seasonal, monthly, and weekly – depending on your needs. We also have special event and project teams that gathers as needed depending on the project.

Will there be much travel?
We always try to match you with an assignment close to your home. If your position requires training, it might take you a little further away, but it wouldn’t be a regular trip.