RSVP

Volunteering is at the very core of being human. No one has gone through life without someone's help.

Heather French Henry

Texoma RSVP

Respond to Service... Volunteer with Purpose!

RSVP offers an array of volunteer opportunities to individuals over 55 in the three county area. RSVP members are provided with excess liability insurance at no charge while performing volunteer assignments.

Volunteer Recognition

Recognition events are held annually to award achievements and contributions of area volunteers.

Friends in Action

The Friends in Action Volunteer Program recruits senior volunteers age 55 and older to address certain physical and social needs of home-bound people living with aging complications or disabilities. Volunteer assistance provided currently includes transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies and running small errands such as brief trips to the grocery store. This program is available in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties. Any home-bound senior in need of transportation to a medical appointment or is interested in becoming a volunteer driver may contact Texoma RSVP at (903) 813-3562 or (903) 813-3574 for more information.

Texoma RSVP Stations

  • AARP Chapter 1049
  • ABBA Women's Center
  • Abigails Arms Cooke Cty. Fam. Crisis Ctr
  • Advisory Councils
  • Alzheimer's Respite Caregiver Program--G
  • Alzheimer's Respite Caregiver Program-Co
  • American Red Cross
  • Bailey Senior Center
  • Basic Food Pantry
  • Bells Senior Center
  • Blossoms of Hope
  • Bonham Senior Center
  • Boyd Home-Bound Ministries
  • Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home
  • Community Cntr Week-end Meals
  • Creative Arts Center
  • Crowded Closet -Grayson Co. Shelter
  • D.A.S.H.
  • Denison Senior Center
  • Fannin County Children's Center
  • Fannin County Community Ministries
  • Fannin County Family Crisis Center
  • Friends in Action
  • Friends of Bonham Snap Center
  • Gainesville Senior Center
  • Girl Scouts of North East Texas Service
  • Grand Central Station
  • Grayson County Health Clinic
  • Grayson County Shelter
  • Grayson Crisis Center
  • Grayson Crisis Thrift Center
  • Habitat For Humanity of Fannin County
  • Habitat For Humanity of Grayson County
  • Home Hospice of Cooke County
  • Home Hospice of Grayson County
  • Homestead of Denison
  • Honey Grove Nursing Center
  • Keep Whitesboro Beautiful
  • Leonard Emergency Aid Program (LEAP)
  • Leonard Senior Center
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Master Key Ministries
  • Medication Prog-Sherman
  • Muenster Memorial Hospital
  • Muenster Public Library
  • Muenster Senior Center
  • Nifty Thrifty TLC Outreach Ministries
  • North Texas Medical Center
  • Peggy's Porch
  • Prayer Bear Ministry, Inc.
  • R.E.A.D.S
  • Reba's Ranch House
  • River Valley Health and Rehabilitation
  • RSVP
  • Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center
  • Second Chance
  • Senior Medicare Patrol
  • Sherman Meals on Wheels
  • Sherman Senior Center
  • St Mary's School
  • Texoma Community Center
  • Texoma Medical Center
  • Texoma Regional Advisory Council
  • The Green House
  • TMC Bonham---formally Red River Regiona
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Valley View Senior Center
  • Van Alstyne Senior Center (MOW)
  • VITA Program
  • Whitesboro Snap Center
  • Whitewright Senior Center
  • Wilson N. Jones Medical Center
  • Your Neighbor's House

Program Related News

  • Texoma Senior Corps Celebrates Retired Senior and Volunteer Program volunteers

    News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texoma Senior Corps celebrates Retired Senior and Volunteer Program volunteers SHERMAN, April 21, 2016– Dr. Susan Thomas, Executive Director of Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG), commended the Texoma Senior Corps for hosting a recognition event honoring the Texoma Retired Senior …

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  • Volunteer

    News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Volunteer Texoma Seniors Have a Heart to Serve SHERMAN, December 31, 2014– Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) offers Texoma seniors a variety of volunteer opportunities through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Foster Grandparent Program. Whether a senior …

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  • Banquet Honors Senior Volunteers

    By: Joshua Brumett – Herald Democrat “I think the biggest encouragement you can give someone is fried chicken for lunch,” said Tillman Boyd, the director of Basic Food Pantry in Bonham. Fried chicken was plentiful, but the 200-odd fellow participants in the Retired and Senior …

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  • New Medicare Card Scam Targeting Seniors

    News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Medicare Card Scam Targeting Seniors SHERMAN, June 27, 2013 – Dr. Susan Thomas, Executive Director of Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) today cautioned seniors of new Medicare scams. “Our seniors are being targeted because they are a vulnerable population. …

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  • TCOG Awarded National Service Agency Grant

    News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TCOG Awarded National Service Agency Grant RSVP receives Senior Corps grant through competitive process SHERMAN, February 25, 2013 – Dr. Susan Thomas, Executive Director of Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) announced today RSVP Senior Corps, which is a part of …

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Videos

  • Get Involved: Our Volunteer Stories
  • Get Involved: RSVP

Council Members

Cooke County
  • Amberly Caldwell
  • Barbara Dunlap
  • Janet Shuppert
  • Marge Hutchins
  • Mary Duncan
  • Rashonda Hayes
  • Shari Kuykendall
Fannin County
  • Amanda Gilbreath
  • Barbara Parks
  • Bill McCormick
  • Jewell Boyd
  • Juanema Barr
  • Julie Craig
  • Leonard Gerner
  • Pat Broiles
  • Tillman Boyd
Grayson County
  • Barbara Maddox
  • Cheryl Brandon
  • Georgia Kunz
  • Georgia Richardson
  • Gerry Daugherty
  • Harold Wright
  • Harry Gates
  • Jackie Gates
  • Jeanne Groff
  • Linda Jay
  • Maurine Gross
  • Patsy Howard
  • Paula Cawthon
  • Susan Vincent
  • Virgie Coney

Supporting Victims of Abuse

Blossoms of H.O.P.E., a project of the Texoma Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is a group of senior volunteers that gives back to the community through their knitting and crocheting skills. Volunteers meet in a friendly environment to knit and crochet items to be donated to the Crisis Center and other non-profits that offer refuge to abuse victims. The members meet once a week to knit, crochet, and fellowship. They invite others who are interested to join them. Members are happy to teach beginners, both young and old.

Origins

Georgia Kunz, the project organizer, came to Sherman from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she was a member of a knitting and crocheting group known as the "Knittin' Kittens". Often, the best gifts are not those bought in a store, but those that are handmade by dedicated volunteers who are offering their time and talents to help others. – Susan B. Thomas, PhD, Executive DirectorSome of the “kittens” were making little flowers called "Hope Blossoms". Georgia, finding that she missed the group, decided to take one of their blossom patterns and enhance it. The little flowers then blossomed into what are known as cabbage roses with an extra bit of yarn that will allow them to be tied to a wrist or an object. Georgia’s passion for the current project was sparked partly because Georgia’s sister was an abuse victim. Having been a member of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Oklahoma she was familiar with RSVP and the projects they offered. Georgia approached the RSVP Specialist at Texoma Council of Governments in Sherman and the "Blossoms of H.O.P.E.", knitting and crocheting group, was born.

Made with Love

The project has expanded to making Afghans and baby blankets, as well as blossoms. All are given to those in need. All items are made with love, and members of the group hope each client will know that someone out there hand-made these gifts specifically for them.