Governor Signs Senior Corps Week Proclamation
July 13th, 2009
Augusta- In celebration of Senior Corps Week, Governor Baldacci signed a proclamation today at a special ceremony, encouraging Maine people statewide to celebrate the work of Senior Corps Volunteers.
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 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: The Foster Grandparent Program, The Senior Companion Program, and The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, all of which recruit senior citizens to help address compelling community needs. To celebrate Senior Corps Week the National Senior Service Corps of Maine has organized events across the state. Visit VolunteerMaine.org to join us and learn more about what’s going on in your community.
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.