Each year during Senior Corps Week, we recognize the extraordinary impact Senior Corps members make across our nation every day. This year, Senior Corps Week takes place May 16-20, 2016. Let us know how you are recognizing and celebrating your Senior Corps volunteers in Iowa by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 800.30835987. We would love to highlight your events and activities! Below are a promotional ideas from the Corporation for National and Community Service:
- Administering the Senior Corps Pledge
- Inviting partners (or those you’d like to be your partners) to serve with you for a day
- Branding your Senior Corps program. Check out our free resources including logos, brochures, name tags, site signs.
- Have an elected official issue a proclamation honoring the impact of Senior Corps volunteers
- Amplify your accomplishments and promote your blog posts on the Senior Corps Facebook page and social media using #SeniorCorpsWorks and #IamSeniorCorps as your hashtags. Please use photos when sharing these sample tweets:
- How has SeniorCorps changed your community? Share your story! #IamSeniorCorps
- What are you accomplishing through Senior Corps? Share your story! #SeniorCorpsWorks
- I serve in Senior Corps as a [FGP, SCP, RSVP] volunteer with [PROGRAM NAME] and I am helping to [ENTER PROGRAM DESCRIPTION] #SeniorCorpsWorks
- Thank the partners and funders that make your service possible.
- Thank you [Funder/Partner] for supporting [Program name] #SeniorCorpsWorks
If you are age 55 or above, you can be a part of the Senior Corps national service program and help to meet a wide range of community challenges. Senior Corps taps the skills, talents, and experience of more than 500,000 individuals each year through three programs:
- RSVP (formerly Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) - RSVP volunteers provide the broadest range of community service. They might conduct safety patrols for local police departments, participate in environmental projects, provide intensive educational services to children and adults, and respond to natural disasters, among other activities. Information about RSVP projects in Iowa.
- Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) - Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people with special needs.
- Senior Companion Program (SCP) - Senior Companions help homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes.
All Senior Corps members receive training for their position, and certain individuals may qualify for a small stipend to help cover their expenses. If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of participating in Senior Corps and how to join, visit the Join Senior Corps page.