PI: David Chavis
Co-PI and Project Lead: Liesel Ritchie
NHC Research Project Team: Nnenia Campbell and Jamie Vickery
External Research Project Team: Brandi Gilbert
Funding Period: 2015
Funder: Community Science (with funding from the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) Disaster Service Unit)

As one of the largest volunteer networks in the U.S., the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) engages volunteers 55 and over to support disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and increase community resiliency. In fiscal year 2013, CNCS invested substantial resources to enhance the capacity of its grantees to engage in disaster-related work through augmentation grants in five locations. This project evaluated the impact of these grants on RSVP organizations in Colorado, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.