National Service Agency Awards $5.3 Million in Senior Corps Grants to 50 New Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Jul 11, 2017

Funding will support more than 7,700 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers across the nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced more than $5.3 million in Senior Corps RSVP funding to support senior volunteer service in 50 new communities across the country. These grants awarded to nonprofits and community agencies will expand RSVP’s presence in areas previously unserved by Senior Corps RSVP programs.

The RSVP projects announced today will leverage the experience and skills of more than 7,700 Seniors Corps RSVP volunteers who will serve in schools, veteran’s organizations, and disaster service initiatives. Grantees will address a variety of local issues and provide support services for disaster response, early childhood education, veterans and military families, homebound adults and caregivers, substance abuse prevention, and more.

A complete list of grants is available here.

Established in 1971, RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in citizen service.  While serving, RSVP volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. In 2016, more than 208,000 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers served in their communities. Through community and faith-based organizations, RSVP volunteers served more than 300,000 veterans, mentored more than 78,000 children, and provided independent living services to more than 797,000 older adults.

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