Lifespan of Greater Rochester recently received $126,766 in Corporation for National and Community Service funding as part of the Senior Corps RSVP program.
Senior Corps RSVP is designed for Americans ages 55 and older to strengthen public and nonprofit agencies by building the infrastructure needed to mobilize experienced and skilled volunteers to support programs and services that help solve challenges facing communities.
“I am delighted that Lifespan has been awarded this funding to support the critical work they do to serve our aging population,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle, D-25th District. “This investment will not only help enrich the lives of older residents through important volunteer work, it will also benefit the community at large by expanding support services.”
Lifespan provides services to local seniors and caregivers, including assistance financing long-term care, guidance about elder care, advice about senior housing, help with health insurance options under Medicare and assistance in an elder abuse situation.
“This funding helps us recruit, train and place older volunteers in nonprofits and schools,” said Ann Marie Cook, president and CEO of Lifespan. “With this funding, we can support over 700 volunteers who will provide 90,000 volunteer hours to help the community. These volunteers read to school children, provide tutoring services, drive older adults to doctor appointments, provide respite to family caregivers, provide support to veterans — just to name a few activities.”