Senior Corps Week to Spotlight Impact Older Americans Make through Service
In honor of the Senior Corps Week, September 19-23, the One Hope United Foster Grandparent Program would like to pay tribute to the volunteers who serve our community.
Last year, 450,000 Senior Corps volunteers provided 98 million hours of service estimated to be worth more than $2 billion nationally.
In Jefferson, Wayne, Franklin and Williamson Counties, 40 volunteers served a total of 40,133 hours serving children in local schools, day cares and maternity centers. These volunteers spend each day tutoring, mentoring and offering unconditional caring in order for the children they serve to succeed.
These volunteers are a vital part of the school systems which as been stated by many teachers and principals. If these volunteers were paid by the school district, child care or maternity homes it would cost approximately $857,241 for these communities, but through the program, the sites receiving services from the One Hope United Foster Grandparent Program is free of charge.
Please take a moment during Senior Corp week to thank a Foster Grandparent Volunteer in your community for the time they spend with the youth of today.
Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.