Senior Corps connects 55+ adults with the people and organizations that need them most. Members become mentors, coaches, and companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suites their talents, interests, and availability. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 270,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.
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SerVermont provides support and serves as a pass-through funding agency for Vermont's Senior Corps programs. In Vermont, more than 2,000 seniors contribute their time an talents in one of the three Senior Corps programs. More information on Senior Corps programs in Vermont can be found below.
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities. In Vermont, Foster Grandparents serve as one-on-one tutors and mentors to more than 440 young people every year.
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RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Members use the skills and talents they have learned over the years, and develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within their community. In Vermont, RSVP volunteers provide services through more than 250 groups across Vermont. RSVP activities include renovating homes, protecting the environment, tutoring and mentoring youth, and responding to disasters.
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Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Senior Companions help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers much needed time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients. In Vermont, 280 homebound seniors receive services and maintain independence in their own homes.
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