Doing, belonging and being… RSVP of Plymouth County, a program of OCES, places skilled volunteers into diverse organizations throughout Plymouth County where they bring about positive change in people’s lives. We partner with organizations such as schools, libraries, councils on aging, shelters, and food pantries, to name just a few. Our volunteers help feed the hungry and homeless, mentor children, assist in an administrative capacities, clear walking paths, and so much more to enhance Plymouth County.
We enable citizens age fifty-five and older to achieve personal satisfaction in a supported and rewarding volunteer experience by aligning their competencies and interests to meet specific needs of the diverse service partner organizations. Our volunteers enrich the community by supplementing our service partners' efforts in carrying out their varied missions to assist those less fortunate. Last year, volunteers served an impressive 14,000+ hours in our community.
While helping others, RSVP of Plymouth County volunteers also benefit by living active, meaningful lives through their volunteer work. Indeed, a growing body of research shows an association between volunteering and mental and physical health benefits. In particular, older volunteers report lower mortality rates, lower rates of depression, fewer physical limitations, and higher levels of well-being. People need to have meaning in their lives, and volunteering provides that deep, substantive meaning while leading to new discoveries and new friends.