RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is a program of the Federal Government that encourages retirees to participate in volunteer activities that serve their community. Batavia RSVP was created in November 1988 by the Batavia Council on Aging and by the Board of Directors of Riverain Point as a result of their belief that there were unmet needs among the senior citizens of Batavia.
In November 1988 we started with one volunteer, one service and one client. Our first service was the delivery of one hot mid-day meal to a homebound senior through the Salvation Army Golden Diner program. That first delivery took place November 17, 1988.
In 1997 Batavia RSVP was incorporated into Batavia RSVP, INC. and registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Illinois. As a 501 (c) (3) organization all donations are classified as charitable tax deductions. Today we are still a strictly volunteer organization. There is no paid staff and the cost of our services and programs is free to the client. A 15-member Board of Directors plans, initiates and oversees the services. Over the years as the needs of the senior citizens have changed, our services and number of volunteers have increased. Today we have six major services, over 120 active volunteers and approximately 200 clients. We work with a variety of city and local organizations to continue to provide services and programs that enhance the quality of life of our senior citizens.
Our services are provided free to seniors who reside in the city of Batavia, Batavia Township or the Batavia Park District (which includes some parts of Aurora, North Aurora and Geneva)