What is the Rice Student Volunteer Program?
Well, I'm glad you asked! The Rice Student Volunteer Program is often referred to as RSVP. The organization was established in the Fall of 1985 by a group of students who wanted to create a community service liaison between Rice University and the Houston community. Since then, RSVP has taken on various roles in promoting community service, such as providing support to campus-based student service groups and informing students about local, national, and international social service opportunities. RSVP functions as a programming board that organizes campus-wide educational awareness and service opportunities for the Rice community. Included in the many activities that RSVP promotes, students volunteer to mentor and teach youth, work in homeless shelters, organize clothing and food drives, work in environmental preservation, build wheel chair ramps for the elderly, and work in Houston area museums and hospitals. RSVP and all of its events are open to all members of the Rice community.
RSVP Mission: By heightening student awareness, increasing community involvement, and raising social consciousness, we commit ourselves to understanding and meeting the needs of the community through direct, thoughtful action.
RSVP works under a committee system that includes the five areas of community service: health, education, children, environment, and hunger & homelessness. The officers, committee chairs, and college representatives work together to provide meaningful activity for each meeting. Each committee sponsors ongoing activities and one-time activities throughout the entire year. In addition, each committee holds an awareness week to focus on one particular area of community service through various activities such as letter-writing campaigns, table top discussions, and direct service activities. RSVP is a nonprofit, student-run organization whose primary income is from a $2 fee collected from each member at the beginning of the year. We always have use for additional funds and gladly accept donations.
By heightening student awareness, increasing community involvement, and raising social consciousness, we commit ourselves to understanding and meeting the needs of the community through direct, thoughtful action.
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