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Senior Corps Offers Volunteer Opportunities for People Over 55

Volunteers give back to their communities through Senior Corps


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Based on the belief that Americans over 55 have a lifetime of experience to share -- and a desire to help others -- Senior Corps offers volunteer opportunities for people over age 55.

What is Senior Corps?
Senior Corps matches people over 55 with community projects and organizations that need experienced volunteer help. Senior Corps provides training and guidance for volunteers, and gives volunteers the opportunity to choose specific projects that suit their interests, talents, experience and availability.

The Senior Corps program is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their country.

Developed during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps has more than 500,000 volunteers engaged in community service projects across the United States.

Senior Corps Volunteer Programs
Senior Corps currently offers three volunteer programs for people over 55:

  • In the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program, volunteers age 60 and over mentor, support, and help some of the most vulnerable children in the United States – those with exceptional needs.
  • The Senior Corps Senior Companion Program is for volunteers age 60 and over who are interested in helping other adults in the community who have difficulty with some of the simple tasks of everyday living. Volunteer “companions” make friendly visits, assist with shopping, light chores, and interacting with doctors.
  • Senior Corps RSVP matches volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work in projects that include building houses, immunizing children, helping environmental non-profit organizations, and others.

How to Contact Senior Corps
If you would like information about Senior Corp programs in your state, contact your state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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