Mesa County RSVP

Who is a Senior Scholar?

Meet Irene

 Irene has logged over 4,200 hours as a Senior Scholar Project volunteer. One of the reasons she joined the project was knowing the District laid off instructional aides and knew how much they would be missed. Irene joined RSVP in 2010 and makes a tremendous difference at Dos Rios Elementary School. 

What is the Senior Scholar Project?

RSVP Senior Scholars
RSVP Senior Scholars

Do you enjoy helping children learn? Volunteers spend approximately 2-4 hours per week under the supervision of school teachers in Mesa County public and private schools, providing one-to-one academic and social skills assistance. You will help children build a positive self-image and successful learning habits. The children look forward to sitting with an encouraging, caring, reliable adult, and you’ll experience feelings of accomplishment and joy.

As a Senior Scholar, you:

  • Are never responsible for lesson-planning, class control, or discipline
  • Are always within sight/sound of a school employee
  • Need not be an expert or have particular training in any subject—even math
  • Receive clear, concise, simple directions from your partner teacher
  • Work with children individually or in small groups

What teachers have to say

“Jody reads individually with students and they love when it is their turn to read with  her. She is always so positive and loving. They feel very comfortable sharing their books with her.”  – 2nd Grade Teacher – Orchard Avenue Elementary


“Monica has helped students appropriately navigate their emotions and problem solve through different academic activities in order to be successful.” – 1st Grade Teacher – Pear Park Elementary 


“Marianne worked with students individually on skip counting and learning their multiplication facts fluently. All of the students enjoyed working with her. Several students shared with me how much she helped them. I noticed that this year due to Marianne’s help, my students have become proficient in this area.”  – 3rd Grade Teacher – Shelledy Elementary

RSVP Senior Scholars

Join RSVP's Senior Scholar Project

We need volunteers who care about kids:

  • Share your skills, talents and compassion with children in schools and other learning centers
  • Arrange a schedule that is workable for you
  • Be an important partner in the educational process and a child’s achievement
  • Enjoy the gratitude of student and staff
  • Reap the rewards of love, friendship, and the satisfaction that comes from helping

No experience is necessary—you will be trained how to effectively help. If you’re over age 55 or older and looking to help with our Senior Scholar’s Project, contact us today at 970-243-9839 ext. 5 to get started.

Senior Scholar Project volunteers are required to pass a background check at no cost to them.

Looking For Ways to Help?

Donations gratefully accepted

In-Kind Donations

We accept in-kind donations. For more information about the types of items we accept, please email

Become a Sponsor

Our sponsoring partners are an important part of our success. To contact someone from our Fundraising Committee, please email