Grants Allow Programs to Continue Matching Older Volunteers to People in Need
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Grants Allow Programs to Continue Matching Older Volunteers to People in Need

February 21, 2011

The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) has awarded supplementary grants to six local organizations to continue disseminating a model that engages older volunteers to provide services to several target populations, including frail elderly, families of children with special needs, and grandparents raising grandchildren.

All six organizations are part of NCOA's Multi-Generational and Civic Engagement Initiative, launched three years ago to create effective models for high-impact volunteer programs.

Facing shrinking budgets and an increasing demand for services, a growing number of nonprofit organizations are seeking the time and talent of older volunteers. But today’s older adults want challenging, meaningful volunteer opportunities, and nonprofits must be prepared to effectively tap their potential. The initiative has worked to offer volunteer models that other organizations can use in their communities.

The six organizations that have received supplementary grants from AoA include:

  • Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, an interfaith, nonprofit agency that provides respite for caregivers, as well as other supportive programs for homebound seniors to enable them to remain independent. 

  • Mather LifeWays in Chicago, IL, which provides supportive services and opportunities for older adults and their caregivers, enabling them to remain engaged in their communities. 

  • Mountain Projects, Inc. in Haywood, NC, which created Haywood Community Connections to serve as a centralized location for information on long-term care and other supportive services for seniors. 

  • Easter Seals Oregon, located in Portland, which provides supportive services to individuals living with autism and other disabilities, with a particular focus on frail and low-income individuals with special needs.

  • The Family Resource Centers of Crestwood in Rochester, NY, which serves grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and links clients with information, education, and supportive services. 

  • United Way of Westmoreland County in Greensburg, PA, which has made the safety and independence of older adults a priority and used its grant to develop a comprehensive program evaluation process—looking at care recipients, volunteers, and services. 



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