In America, most people over 55 have a story to tell or a bit of wisdom to impart. They have experienced life, work, relationships, love, loss and generally have a wealth of common sense and life lessons to pass along.
Senior Corps, a group that dates back to John F. Kennedy’s presidency, helps bridge the gap between generations. Senior Corps volunteers can train to become coachs, companions or mentors to individuals, children, communities and even other adults, allowing them to share years of experience and knowledge with those who need it most.
Senior Corps volunteers get involved in a variety of ways, finding programs that fit their lives, schedules and talents such as:
The Senior Companion Program
Teaches volunteers age 55 and over to assist adults who may be mentally or physically disabled, or have trouble with simple activities of daily living. Senior Corps companions can help with light chores, shopping, running errands or spending quality time with those who just need someone to listen.
This program matches skills to needs. Volunteers are matched with groups or organizations that need their particular skill set. They may provide education, organize safety patrols, play an active role in environmental issues, etc. For every talent that has yet to be shared, Senior Corps can find the ideal setting to let that talent flourish.
The Foster Grandparents Program
Matches volunteers 55 and over with special needs children or adolescents. Volunteers offer support, mentorship and friendship, something many children in this particular walk of life may have very little of.
Senior Corps, a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (an independent federal agency), is dedicated to helping Americans give back.