Our history

For the past four decades, Travis County has shown the significance of volunteer work among senior citizens through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and now engAGE (formerly the Coming of Age initiative). The RSVP program was established with the goal of engaging older adults in meaningful volunteer opportunities and providing them with the resources and support needed to make a difference in their communities. Over the years, Travis County has expanded the program to meet the changing needs of a growing and dynamic community.


Retired Senior Volunteer Program

In 1972, Travis County established the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a federally-legislated grant program, to engage older adults (the 60+ population) in our community by providing them with volunteer opportunities. RSVP’s original philosophy of “People Helping People” endured and ensured its success.


The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

In 1993, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program changed its name to “The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program” to reflect the new reality that not all older volunteers were retired. At this time, the age requirement to join RSVP was lowered from 60 to 55 years


Meeting Community Needs

In 1997, the program evolved to focus on meeting community needs by connecting the experience of volunteers with rewarding opportunities to serve.


RSVP- Your Invitation to Serve

In 2006, the name was changed to simply “RSVP” to eliminate language references to aging that may serve as a barrier to participation, especially among the Baby Boomer population.


Introducing Coming of Age

In 2010, Travis County RSVP significantly broadened its scope of service and re-invented itself as Coming of Age. The change was implemented in response to Baby Boomers’ vision and approach toward living a fulfilling, rewarding, and engaged life beyond full-time employment.



In 2020, The Corporation for National and Community Service rebrands it’s program to AmeriCorps. The Senior Corps program is rebranded to AmeriCorps Seniors.



Coming of Age rebrands to engAGE Travis County to better reflect the mission of the program. We continue to have two major focuses:

We help people 50+  become community leaders, pursue lifelong learning, and engage in meaningful volunteer service.

We recruit volunteers for nonprofits and help them more effectively market volunteer opportunities to recruit and retain skilled, passionate, resourceful volunteers age 50+.