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Senior Corps Week July 13-17

June 29th, 2009

Senior Corps Week is an opportunity to highlight the impact of Seniors Corps volunteers in Maine, celebrate their service, and invite others to join. Senior Corps connects today’s over 55’s with the people and organizations that need them most; they volunteer as mentors, coaches, companions to people in need, and contribute valuable experience and job skills.  In celebration of Senior Corps Week, Governor Baldacci will sign a proclamation on July 13th at a special ceremony, encouraging Maine people statewide to participate. 

In 2008 Senior Corps Volunteers numbered 2,378 and served more than 620,000 hours. The economic contribution of Senior Corps Volunteers in Maine alone is $12,103,458. The Maine National Senior Service Corps is designed to support and encourage volunteerism among Maine\'s older citizens and to promote awareness of a positive, healthy aging process through the senior volunteer experience. The Maine National Senior Service Corps is made up of three separate programs, all of which recruit senior citizens to help address compelling community needs:

The Foster Grandparent Programrecruits people age 60* and older living on low incomes to serve children with special needs and their families in schools, day care centers, hospitals and homes. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours per week and in return receive a small stipend.

The Senior Companion Programrecruits people age 60* and older living on low incomes to serve adults with special needs to help them remain independent in their homes. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours per week and in return receive a small stipend as well as a portion of mileage reimbursement.

*Effective October 1, 2009 minimum age to volunteer lowered to 55 and income guidelines raised.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)recruits people age 55 and over in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.  They may be of any income level; they are not paid a stipend. They serve from a few hours a week to many more. RSVP volunteers may be placed with any non-profit, public organization or health care organization.

To celebrate Senior Corps Week the National Senior Service Corps of Maine has organized events across the state.  Join us and learn more about what’s going on in your community:

Southern Maine Senior Volunteer Fair- Scarborough

Learn more about healthy eating, legal services, and PROP. Representatives from Senior Corps, Foster Grandparents (FGP), Senior Companions and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will share information on volunteer opportunities. When: July 15, 9:30-12:30. Where: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Call: 553-5970 or 396-6520 for more information.

Bring Out The Best In You – mind, body and soul- Waterville
Join the Senior Service Corps, (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions) and Spectrum Generations for information, demonstrations and fun!  Learn about volunteer opportunities, ways to stay fit, good nutrition, and healthy living.  Demonstrations will include Tai Chi and Qi Gong; Nutrition; Bone Builders, an osteoporosis prevention program; Matter of Balance, a fall prevention program; Belly Dancing and much more!. Where: Spectrum Generations, Muskie Center, 38 Gold St., Waterville. Call: Ruth Saint Amand, HealthReach RSVP, at 861-3428.

Senior Corps Information Booth- Bangor

Find out more about volunteer opportunities for seniors in Bangor and surrounding communities. Representatives from the UMaine Center on Aging RSVP, Penquis FGP, and UMaine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program will be on hand to answer questions. When: July 16, 5- 8pm Where: The outdoor market on West Market

Square, downtown Bangor. Call: 262-7926 for more information.

Match Maker Open House- Rockland

Let us find the perfect volunteer placement for you! Join us and see a video on “Getting Involved”, meet other volunteers, and learn about Born to Read and A Matter of Balance. Bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. When: July 17, 9am-3pm. Where: Penquis RSVP, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland. Call: 596-0361 for more information.

Senior Corps Week is collaboration between The Maine National Senior Service Corps and the Maine Commission for Community Service, a state agency that works to build capacity in Maine’s volunteer sector.  Learn more about how to get involved by visiting VolunteerMaine.org or seniorcorps.gov.

Paula Burnett, Director
UMaine Center on Aging RSVP
NSSC Chairperson
262-7926 or paula.burnett@umit.maine.edu