Senior Corps Week

SeniorCorps_RSVP_Logo_BlueThe Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will mark the impact that Senior Corps volunteers have in communities across the country during the fifth annual Senior Corps Week taking place May 18-22, 2015, during Older Americans Month.

For more than four decades, Senior Corps volunteers have used their lifetime of skills and experience to meet community needs. Today, more than 270,000 volunteers age 55+ are serving through Senior Corps’ three programs – Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP.

“For generations, seniors have been making a powerful impact in their communities, and their service is more important now than ever,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “With so many people in need, senior volunteers are making a difference in the lives of children, veterans, elderly, and disaster survivors. Leading the way are more than 270,000 Senior Corps volunteers – dedicated Americans using a lifetime of skills and experience to tackle pressing challenges in their communities.”

In addition to helping others, older volunteers are also helping themselves by living active, healthy lives through volunteering. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations. With nearly one in every five Americans projected to be age 60 or older by 2030, a great opportunity exists to engage older Americans in service to meet critical community needs while contributing to longer, healthier lives.

Our volunteers participated in the #IamRSVP campaign to celebrate Senior Corps Week. Volunteers pictured at Graham Duncan who volunteers at Hospice Austin, Doris Edwards who volunteers with Capacity Building- Fundraising,  Bernie and Trudy O’Neill who volunteer at Drive A Senior and the Care Communities, and Marcia Ehlers and Jane Ayala who volunteer at WellMed Senior Community Center. Thanks for all who participated!

GrahamDorisBernie and TrudyMarcia and Jane