Volunteer Los Angeles’ 1100+ Senior Corps Volunteers Address Critical Community Needs and Represent a Powerful Community Resource.
May 7-11 is Senior Corps Week, a week dedicated to honoring the more than 330,000 volunteers nationwide age 55+ who are serving through Senior Corps’ three programs—Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP.
Volunteer Los Angeles is fortunate to manage all three Senior Corps programs, and all three have a long and storied history of placing volunteers in impactful roles. Our Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools that are located in some of the most underserved regions of Los Angeles, working directly with preschool, elementary and middle school students, focusing on improving students’ literacy and language skills. Our Senior Companions enable frail and elderly adults to live independently in their own homes by transporting them to medical appointments, shopping for groceries, assisting with bills and paperwork, and offering respite care. Finally, our RSVP volunteers work includes tutoring and mentoring children, working to improve the environment, providing business and technical expertise to nonprofits, and offering safety patrol for local law enforcement, allowing officers to focus on the most pressing community needs.
Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service states, “At a time of increased need and declining resources, volunteers age 55 and over are stepping in to fill the gaps,” “Today, more than ever, communities need the talents and skills of all Americans to help move this nation forward. Senior Corps volunteers are delivering enormous social and economic benefits to our communities and demonstrating that service is good for the nation and those who serve.” Volunteer Los Angeles’ Senior Corps volunteers dedicated more than 333,000 volunteer hours in 2011, illustrating the “enormous social and economic benefit” our volunteers bring to the greater Los Angeles community.
Volunteer Los Angeles thanks all of its incredible Senior Corps volunteers. Every day you volunteer, your work is impacting lives and communities.