Senior Corps Volunteers Honored
New Hampshire Mayors and Town Managers are honoring the achievements of Senior Corps programs as part of Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service, which is officially April 1. Other municipal leaders are getting in on the act, too. Click here for more about recognition efforts in southern New Hampshire.
Friends Foster Grandparent Program and Friends RSVP are Senior Corps programs that recruit and mobilize volunteers to meet significant unmet needs. Volunteers work throughout the year to get things done that wouldn’t be accomplished otherwise.
Friends RSVP volunteers serve children, families and older adults with free Bone Builders senior exercise classes and doing necessary work at 120 locations in Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Belknap Counties. They work at adult daycare facilities, schools, senior nutrition sites, healthcare facilities, state and municipal human services agencies, libraries, cultural venues, hospitals, food banks, soup kitchens, nursing facilities, disaster preparedness organizations, thrift stores, transportation programs and many others. Each year 620 RSVP volunteers in four counties provide more than 75,000 hours in service to New Hampshire.
The Foster Grandparent Program, which engages members to tutor and mentor children in 90 New Hampshire schools and other youth service organizations, providing about 3,500 children with more than 145,000 hours of targeted interventions every year. The Foster Grandparent Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.
In total, 662 Friends RSVP volunteers worked 72,041 hours doing critical community work last year, which saved towns, counties and the state significant funds.