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It's Senior Corps Week!

by Samantha Jo Warfield
A Foster Grandparent reads with a young student in her classroom.

Today marks the beginning of the second annual Senior Corps Week! This week celebrates the commitment and contribution made by Senior Corps volunteers and recognizes their critical impact on addressing tough challenges across our nation.

Throughout Senior Corps Week, volunteers, project directors, community leaders, and residents from across the nation will take part in celebratory events and service activities to honor the remarkable volunteer work of Americans age 55+ who help solve problems, fill critical community needs, and provide a model for lifelong leadership.

“Communities across America are seeing the benefits from the talent and skill older Americans offer through volunteering,” said Robert Velasco II, acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “During Senior Corps Week we celebrate the powerful impact of the more than 450,000 Senior Corps volunteers who are helping to solve problems ranging from poverty and illiteracy to helping seniors continue to live independently.

Bob Topel, a veteran who lives in Wisconsin, was inspired to help young veterans when he saw parallels between his own homecoming experiences and the challenges faced by a new generation of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pat Miller of Montana first got into tutoring when she was invited by her grandchildren's teacher to work one-on-one with a student struggling to read and write. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, retired carpenters, plumbers, and electricians have formed the Handy Man's Brigade to help repair homes of elderly and disabled residents that were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

These volunteers are among the 450,000 older Americans who serve in their communities through the Senior Corps programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For four decades, these programs – Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companions - have proven to be a highly effective way to engage millions of older Americans in meeting national and community needs and delivering

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