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Senior Corps Volunteering

I recently wrote an article on volunteering. In researching the subject I came across the Senior Corps. I did not recall ever hearing about the Senior Corps and wondered how something can be around for such a long time and I knew nothing about it.

The Senior Corps is comprised of three national programs: The Foster Grandparent, RSVP and the Senior Companion. All were developed separately at different times to fill a specific need.

FOSTER GRANDPARENT

The foster grandparent program began in 1965 for people over 60, with limited income, to do community service. It has had an influence on how older Americans can can have a significant impact on children with either exceptional or special needs. To join Foster Grandparents you need to be on limited income willing to help children with your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be trained by the organization you will be working with. You will be asked to provide between 15 and 40 hours per week.

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM

The senior companion program started in 1968 as part of the Department of Health Education and Welfare on aging. Again volunteers have lower incomes. Volunteers provide person-to-person service. They assist adults with special needs from in home settings, nursing homes and adult day care centers.

RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

RSVP was started as a pilot program in New York in 1965. It involves volunteers dedicated to serve their communities in various ways. It is founded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service. There are many ways volunteers help: provide food for the homeless and hungry, build homes for the lower income families, protect the environment, tutoring young people, just to name a few.

The Senior Corps is not the only organization I did not know about. Also, consider...

AARP EXPERIENCE CORPS

The Experience Corps engages older adults to tutor children in kindergarten through grade 3.

PEACE CORPS 50+ VOLUNTEERS

The Peace Corps was started by then Senator John F Kennedy in 1960.

He challenged college students to give 2 years of their life serving in countries of the developing world. Today there are over 7,500 Peace Corps volunteers. I was not aware that seniors can serve in the Peace Corps. Believe it or not, 5% of the Peace Corps is 50 years old or older.

What does all this mean? For one thing it means I have been living in a vacuum not knowing about all the volunteering opportunities for quite a few years.

What it really means, if you are a senior and not volunteering, you are missing out on what could be one of the most wonderful and beneficial opportunities of your life. Get off your duff and do something worthwhile - VOLUNTEER!


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Nice Article! I didn't know about those either! It's definitely time for me to give back. What a great way to do it! Helping kids!

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