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Partners in Service : Examples of Partnerships : Experience Corps

In September 1998, the Corporation for National and Community Service selected six local agencies as sites for the joint Senior Corps/AARP “Experience Corps for Independent Living.” This new demonstration incorporates the Core Elements identified through the original Experience Corps and the current Seniors for Schools demonstrations and applies them to Independent Living. The purpose of the initiative is to develop and test innovative approaches to using the time, talents, experience, and resources of volunteers over age 55 to significantly expand the size and scope of volunteer efforts on behalf of independent living services for frail elders and their caregivers in specific communities.

To implement the Experience Corps for Independent Living, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) have agreed to combine efforts. This timely partnership between the Corporation and AARP will combine the strengths and assets of two national leaders in independent living for older persons. AARP has hired a full time staff person to support the effort. Working together, the Corporation and AARP will test the Experience Corps for Independent Living in six communities.

The agencies selected are:
  • City of Phoenix Human Services Department, Phoenix, Arizona *
  • County of Sacramento Department of Human Assistance, Sacramento, CA *
  • Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, FL *
  • Tressler Lutheran Services, Baltimore, MD
  • Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN *
  • Salt Lake County Aging Services Division, Salt Lake City, UT *
* Denotes that the agency is currently a Senior Corps sponsor

The Experience Corps for Independent Living will:

  • Tap the talents and skills of persons over age 55 of all incomes and backgrounds;
  • Test new mechanisms that offer volunteers much more flexibility and many more options for getting involved;
  • Make better use of the leadership abilities, managerial capacities and creativity of older volunteers;
  • Provide opportunities for coordination and cooperation among service providers in the community.
Specific outcomes for communities include:
  • Increased numbers of older persons who receive independent living services;
  • Increased numbers of caregivers who receive respite services;
  • Improved efficiency among professional providers as a result of being freed from performing certain tasks;
  • Addition of services to older persons and their caregivers not previously offered; and
  • Increased numbers of volunteers supporting and supplementing the independent living services delivered by professionals and para-professionals.

Please send questions or comments to: [email protected].