The Corporation for National & Community Services, Washington, DC announced in late September that Care Connection for Aging Services, Warrensburg, had been awarded a grant in the amount of $144,375 to fund an RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) program in five of the 13 counties that they serve. The program will focus on the following counties; Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair.
The RSVP program is part of Senior Corps, which is administered by CNCS. Senior Corps counts more than 330,000 volunteers age 55 and over who are serving through three key programs: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP. Established in 1971, RSVP is now one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation and engages older Americans in volunteer recruitment and management, environmental projects, mentoring and tutoring, and disaster response. RSVP volunteers serve in communities varying from a few hours to 40 hours per week in a location of their choice.
CNCS estimates that 18.7 million older adults – nearly a quarter of those 55 and over – contributed on average more than three billion hours of service in their communities per year between 2008 and 2010. The yearly economic benefit of this service to the nation equals more than $64 billion.
If you are interested in volunteering for this program please call Care Connection for Aging Services at 800-748-7826 to learn more.
Care Connection for Aging Services, your area agency on aging, assures that older Missourians residing in the area we serve live with maximum independence and dignity. Care Connection is a not-for-profit agency that provides resources and services to individuals 60 and older.