RSVP is a network of people 55 and over, who use their skills and talents across Denton County in various volunteer activities.

Mission Statement

Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc. Improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through national service programs and volunteering in Denton County, Texas and surrounding communities.  

Vision Statement

RSVP: Serving Denton County will reduce poverty and hunger and improve health and education in our communities. 

Volunteer Focus Areas:


RSVP serves as a one-stop clearinghouse to connect volunteers, age 55 and over, with meaningful community service. There is an RSVP match for everyone who wants to remain active in their local community. Volunteers have a choice from serving at their favorite non-profit agency or being matched with an agency to develop new skills or interests or participating in one of several RSVP-sponsored special initiatives.

Rockin' Readers:

A reading enrichment program for elementary school students, Rockin’ Readers was inspired by the donation of a rocking chair to a Denton elementary school. RSVP volunteers read to classes Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade on a regularly scheduled basis. This program is currently offered in DISD, LISD and Little Elm ISD and continues to grow each school year.

Community Needs

According to a study by B. Hart and T. Risley, 1995, a child from a low-income family enters kindergarten with a listening vocabulary of 3,000 words, while a child of a middle-income family enters with a listening vocabulary of 20,000 words. In addition, a summary of findings by Denton West and Geronimo-Hausken (2000) state that less than half of families read to their kindergarten age children on a daily basis. With this in mind, public school officials determined the need to develop programs that would encourage Kindergarten and First grade students to embrace the enjoyment of reading. Children are prone to excel in school throughout their entire education if they have a stronger literary base from a young age. This in turn will positively effect their vocabularies. Additionally, years of research indicates that children are more likely to succeed in learning when they feel supported. Secretary Paige of the Department of Education said that how well children learn to read affects directly not only how successful they are in school but how well they do throughout their lives. He said that when children learn to read, they have the key that opens the door to all the knowledge of the world. Without this key, many children are left behind.

Meet Our Volunteers

Join our team of devoted volunteers, and help make the world a better place. Beginning from your backyard, the local community of Denton.

Doug Brown

Computer Restoration Program

MaryAnn Fuller

RSVP Golf Classic Commitee

Erma Capenter

Community Events

Jack Johnson

American Legion Service Center

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Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc. also hosts an AmeriCorps VISTA program.The mission of AmeriCorps VISTA is to start, strengthen, or expand programs, systems or services that help people move out of poverty. To put it simply, AmeriCorps VISTA is a domestic Peace Corps. AmeriCorps VISTA has been helping build communities across America for the last 50 years and continues to assist in the alleviation of poverty issues. For additional Information contact Christina Penland, VISTA Project Director at [email protected]