Senior Corps Week is a time to salute more than 360,000 volunteers from the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and Senior Companion Program, recognize community sponsors and partners, and communicate the impact on the lives of those who serve.
Senior Corps values the contributions of each volunteer’s skills, knowledge, and experience that are of immeasurable value to many individuals, nonprofits, faith-based, and community organizations throughout the United States.
Senior Corps connects today’s those who are 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.
Some of the principles that guide the Senior Corps are:
Teamwork: Many volunteers serve in teams, building affiliations and mutual support, engaging in joint problem-solving, and drawing on the complementary skills of the team members.
Diversity: Senior Corps volunteers represent a diverse range of incomes, ages, genders, physical abilities, and ethnic and racial backgrounds. But they share a common desire to make a difference.
Capability: Everyone has unique gifts to share, and our volunteers make significant contributions by putting their best talents to work, as leaders, entrepreneurs, organizers, builders, caregivers, and mentors.
Presence: The high number of Senior Corps volunteers and their level of commitment make them an essential resource in meeting critical community needs.
Flexibility: Volunteers can move in and out of options as their circumstances and interests change, and as the community agencies’ needs for volunteers change.
Service-learning: Volunteers develop skills through training and new experiences; they are active participants in the training process, acting as facilitators and discussion leaders.