Senior Volunteer Program Receives Over $50K

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACommunity Teamwork Receives $52,631  in New Funding for  Senior Volunteers

Community Teamwork announced today that it was awarded a $52,631 grant to support senior volunteer activities from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS).

These funds were part of a competitive grant process for Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), one of three Senior Corps programs administered by CNCS. Established in 1971, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy.

Karen Frederick, Community Teamwork Executive Director Karen Frederick said, “Community Teamwork has managed a Senior Volunteer Program for over 35 years. This funding will allow us to continue to provide much needed services across Greater Lowell. Our volunteers have helped children develop necessary skills to advance, supported local non-profits, led Bone Builder exercise classes and served as companions to a homebound elder. Their service is incomparable and has enhanced our community. ”

“By working with students, providing job training, and helping veterans transition into civilian life, volunteers age 55 and over are helping to transform the lives of the people they serve, ” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our communities need the talents and skills of all Americans as we continue moving this nation forward. The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well.”

This grant is one of 175 RSVP awards provided to volunteer organizations across the country to support senior volunteer activities in areas including education and veterans and military families.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation of National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than four million American of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Social Innovation Fund programs and leads President Obama’s call to service, United We Serve. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.