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Joining Senior Corps : Frequently-Asked Questions

What is the National Senior Service Corps ?
The National Senior Service Corps has a thirty year history of leadership in senior volunteer service. The Senior Corps is a national network of projects that place older volunteers in volunteer assignments in their communities. There are actually three national programs under its umbrella. One is the Foster Grandparent Program, which links senior volunteers to children who need their help. Another is the Senior Companion Program, which places its volunteers with adults needing extra assistance to live in the community, such as frail older persons. Finally, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is “one stop shopping” for senior volunteers – the service opportunities are endless. Senior Corps Programs operate in local communities throughout the U.S. Depending upon your interests and availability, we can help you determine which program might be best for you.

Who decides what Senior Corps volunteers do ?
Senior Corps volunteers work closely with their local project director, who gathers specific information about how potential volunteers would like to serve. After you find the program that interests you most, you will help to shape your placement and assignments.

Is the Senior Corps a good place to learn new skills ?
Absolutely! Senior Corps volunteers often tap their wealth of experience and wisdom and channel it to new directions. For example, some volunteers learn how to be effective tutors to young children; some organize community watch programs or environmental protection projects; others help nonprofit organization boards with planning or resource development. Volunteers receive the training they need from their host agency to be effective.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Helping Your Community: Knowing that you are giving your time, talent, wisdom and experience to your community and neighbors who need you.
  • Getting Things Done and Giving Back: Becoming part of a national movement to transform America through the involvement of its citizens of all ages.
  • Helping Yourself: Research indicates that volunteering adds quality to life: better health, new friendships, ways to stay active and involved, and to learn new skills.
  • Offseting Costs Associated With Volunteering: The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs offer modest stipends and other benefits to help offset costs of volunteering.
Please go to the Finding the Right Senior Corps Program for You page

Please send questions about joining a program in your state to your local Corporation State Office.