Today, President George W. Bush highlighted Senior Corps through a proclamation recognizing Older Americans Month 2008.
Every week thousands of older Americans give back to their communities by volunteering through groups like Senior Corps. From teaching young children how to read, to helping provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, seniors play an important and compassionate role in our Nation.
Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and older to meet a wide range of community challenges through three main programs: RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program.
- RSVP volunteers help local police departments conduct safety patrols, participate in environmental projects, provide intensive educational services to children and adults, and respond to natural disasters, among many other activities.
- Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs.
- Senior Companions help homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes.
Click here to learn more about Senior Corps, its programs, and their impact.