Light of Hope Fund/COVID-19 Response


Elder Services

The Retired Senior Volunteer program (RSVP),  established in 1971, is a Corporation for National and Community Service, Senior Corps program.  It is one of America’s largest volunteer networks for people age 55 and over.

RSVP volunteers can choose from a variety of community locations such as Meals on Wheels, local food banks and hospitals to serve and meet community needs.  Catholic Charities RSVP serves Benton Franklin and Walla Walla counties. 

S.H.A.K.E. (Seniors Helping All Kids Education) is a Catholic Charities' RSVP program.  Project SHAKE volunteers collect school supplies for low-income children in Benton Franklin and Walla Walla counties. Distribution of the school supplies is based upon the amount of free/reduced lunches at each school. Each year, SHAKE collects and distributes school supplies for more than 32,000 local students.  

In addition to school supplies, S.H.A.K.E. teams with Operation Homefront and the Dollar Tree to collect and distribute over 11,000 Christmas toys and supplies to local veteran and military families. 


To learn more or get involved, please call:

  • Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties 509.965.4645 or 888.586.7418 



Senator Patty Murray recognizes the importance of the RSVP:

  • Dollar tree and operation homefront: