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Hurricane Volunteer Support Fund
In the wake of the recent hurricanes, the Corporation is coordinating volunteers to assist with repair and relief efforts in areas affected by this devastating storm. Your donation will support volunteers in providing food and shelter, managing donations, helping victims get necessary assistance, and long-term rebuilding efforts.
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USA Freedom Corps Partnering to Answer the President’s Call to Service
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 08, 2006

CONTACT: Peter Boynton
Phone: 202-606-6825
Email: [email protected]

   

National Service Agency Grants Will Support Expansion of Senior Corps Volunteer Programs

 

Washington, D.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service today announced grants totaling more than $750,000 to help 29 Senior Corps programs expand their volunteer forces, with a special emphasis on recruiting Baby Boomers. The grants will support more than 1,000 new volunteers in 20 states serving in the RSVP and Senior Companion programs.

Volunteers will carry out a wide range of projects, including mobilizing other community volunteers, caring for the frail elderly, mentoring children of prisoners, supporting service-learning, and helping communities prepare for disasters. More than 135 organizations applied for the “Programs of National Significance” grants, which were evaluated by Corporation staff and outside reviewers. See below for a full list of grants.

“The proposals demonstrate the commitment of RSVP and Senior Companion sponsors to the priorities of our new five-year Strategic Plan,” said Corporation CEO David Eisner. “Disadvantaged youth, seniors who need support to live independently, communities at risk from disasters, and others will benefit from the service of these new volunteers.”

Senior Corps engages more than half a million Americans age 55 and over to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas.

“These grantees are creating effective ways for increasing numbers of Baby Boomers and other seniors to give back to their communities.” said Tess Scannell, director of Senior Corps. “We anticipate that many of these new recruits will help engage other community volunteers of all ages.”

Examples of the grants include:

  • Christian Senior Services of San Antonio, Texas, will recruit nine Senior Companion volunteers to assist frail elderly Hurricane Katrina evacuees who have relocated to the San Antonio area. These evacuees have greater than normal difficulty adapting to their new living situations and are at greater risk of losing their ability to live independently. The volunteers will work with 30 frail and elderly evacuees who have been identified by Family Service Association and Meals on Wheels as having particular difficulty coping with the stress of relocation. Each Senior Companion will provide their clients with companionship, in-home services, and assistance with access to needed services, as well as connection with other caring people in their new community.
        
  • RSVP volunteers serving with Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer, Ia., will support an after school program to engage latchkey children in service-learning projects. RSVP will carry out this project with the Positively Spencer Youth coalition to help reduce substance abuse and other risky behaviors among young people in the community. Twenty RSVP volunteers will be paired with 40 Spencer Middle School students. The students will be placed as volunteers at various sites, giving them opportunities to serve their community and learn work skills. Other participating organizations include the Iowa State University Extension, Arts on Grand, Spencer Community Theatre, People for Pets, the Spencer YMCA, and local hospitals.
        
  • The Oxford Park Commission in Lafayette County, Miss., will assign 35 new RSVP volunteers to serve with the Lafayette County Emergency Management Agency and the Lafayette County Red Cross. The volunteers will be recruited and trained to respond in disasters, assist with public education regarding disaster preparedness, and provide disaster victims with long-term support.

Senior Corps consists of three programs: RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions. RSVP volunteers help local police departments conduct safety patrols, participate in environmental projects, provide intensive educational services to children and adults, and respond to natural disasters, among many other activities. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs. Senior Companions help homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes.


RSVP 2006 Programs of National Significance Awards

State City Grantee Amount
AZ Flagstaff Northern Arizona University $12,000
CA Sacramento County of Sacramento Dept. of Human Assistance $7,500
CO Denver Volunteers of America $21,318
CT New Haven South Central Ct. Agency on Aging $10,427
FL Orlando Florida Senior Programs, Inc. $46,037
IA Estherville Iowa Lakes Community College $6,000
MA West Newton Newton Community Service Ctrs. $8,100
MI Ann Arbor Catholic Social Services of Wash Co $12,000
MN Winona Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona $63,000
MS Oxford Oxford Park Commission $9,734
MT Great Falls Cascade County Commission $30,000
MT Billings Yellowstone County Council on Aging $15,792
ND Fargo North Dakota State University $12,000
NJ Phillipsburg Northwest NJ Community Action Prgm $9,000
NY Albany The Research Foundation of SUNY Albany $13,499
OH Cleveland RSVP of Greater Cleveland, Inc. $42,000
PA Clearfield Clearfield County AAA $2,400
PA Warren Experience, Inc. $9,000
PA Pottsville Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services $7,800
TX Plainview City of Plainview $3,000
TX Beaumont Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission $32,673
VT Rutland Rutland Community Programs, Inc. $12,000

Senior Companion Program 2006 Programs of National Significance Awards

State City Grantee Amount
AZ Flagstaff Northern Arizona University $26,372
CO Grand Junction St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center $39,195
FL Tampa Seniors In Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. $47,350
ME Portland People’s Regional Opportunity Program $113,558
NY Rochester The Community Place of Greater Rochester $70,125
TX San Antonio Christian Senior Services $32,725
UT Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Aging Services $23,375


Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also administers AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.

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