For those people who are over the age of 55, they have reached the age of retirement and many find themselves lacking ambition or feeling as if they have no use. However, the program, Senior Corps, has changed this way of thinking.
What is Senior Corps?
Senior Corps is a program for those who are 55 years of age and over. It is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through Senior Corps, people have the chance to choose from three programs, all of which use different skills and experience of the person working.
What are the Programs Available?
The three program available are the Foster Grandparents program, the Senior Companion Program, and the RSVP program. The Foster Grandparent program allows one and one interaction with children from young to teenage years. The senior offers guidance, mentoring and a friendly ear for listening. The Senior Companion Program is for seniors to get together and help other seniors who have hard times at performing simple tasks. The senior will perform such tasks as laundry, helping to clean up, and whatnot. The RSVP Program is used to match up seniors with programs that will use their skills. For example, if the senior has skills in carpentry, then they may be matched up with Habitat for Humanity, if the senior has previous medical experience, they may be asked to help out with immunizing children at a local health department. The opportunities available are wide and each offer a unique experience.
Who is Eligible to Participate?
Anyone who is 55 years of age and older is eligible to participate and donate their time for a greater cause. If you have skills that can be used to help others, or simply want to connect and share your experience in life then Senior Corps can be of use to you.