Newton Community Service Centers
SOAR 55 (Service Opportunities after Reaching 55), an incumbent RSVP project sponsored by Newton Community Service Center, Inc., requests federal funding in the amount of $106,384 with a match of $53,493 in cash and in-kind sources for a total budget of $159,877. Since 1973, the SOAR 55 project has been recognized as a strong and innovate organization that creatively and effectively responds to both community needs and the interests and proclivities of generations of older adult volunteers. Since 1993, when the current Project Director was named, the project has received national recognition from the Met Life Foundation and the National Council on Aging, the Social Innovation Forum, and the Corporation for National & Community Service that awarded SOAR 55 several grants for Programs of National Significance, including Learning Partners, our school-based tutoring program and primary focus area for this grant.
With SOAR 55 currently supporting approximately 300 volunteers, many of whom are currently serving in the national priority areas assisting children, the elderly, veterans, immigrants, and low-income and disenfranchised populations and with 78 partner organizations, SOAR 55 is poised to deliver on the goals set forth in this proposal. SOAR 55 has the solid experience, robust infrastructure, available resources, strong community bonds, and sponsor support to continue providing effective volunteer programming.
As this grant proposal will outline, beginning in April 2013, SOAR 55 will focus its energies and resources to meet national priorities in education, economic opportunity, healthy futures, veterans and military families, and capacity building in the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Newton, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston, Massachusetts. With an established and successful Learning Partners program that helps on average 225 at-risk students annually with reading and math skills, a thriving pro bono consulting program that has assisted over 40 nonprofits to better serve their clients by building stronger and more efficient organizations, a solid partnership with the local aging-in-place communities, and a developing relationship with a Military & Families Support Center where volunteers provide tax, finance and legal assistance to individuals and families, SOAR 55 is already well on its way to meeting the goals of this grant.