On July 11, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced more than $5.3 million in Senior Corps RSVP funding to support senior volunteer service in 50 new communities across the country. These grants to nonprofits and community agencies will expand RSVP’s presence in areas previously unserved by RSVP programs.

The projects announced today will leverage the experience and skills of more than 7,700 RSVP volunteers, who will serve in schools, veterans’ organizations and disaster-service initiatives. Grantees will provide support services for disaster response, early childhood education, veterans and military families, homebound adults and caregivers, substance abuse prevention and more.

A complete list of grants is available here. We’re pleased to see many encore locations and Encore Network members receiving grants, including colleagues in Los Angeles (LA Works), Phoenix, Portland OR (Elders in Action), St. Louis (Oasis Institute) andTampa Bay.

RSVP backgroundEstablished in 1971, RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in citizen service. While serving, RSVP volunteers stay active and healthy through service, improving their own lives, too. In 2016, more than 208,000 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers helped their communities. Through community and faith-based organizations, RSVP volunteers served more than 300,000 veterans, mentored more than 78,000 children and provided independent living services to more than 797,000 older adults.

Published: July 12, 2017