WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The retired and senior volunteer program (RSVP) of Westchester’s Volunteer Center has been awarded a $106,734 Serve America Act grant to continue its programs and step up its efforts to help seniors mentor K-8 children in reading and math throughout Westchester County, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), announced Wednesday.
RSVP of Westchester will use the money for training volunteers, transportation and various other programs.
“We are also going to enhance the program by recruiting more organizations that focus on children’s education,” said Director of RSVP of Westchester Rosario Samudio.
Beyond mentoring children, the more than 900 seniors who volunteer at RSVP of Westchester make a positive impact in the community by assisting homebound older adults with transportation, educating people about Medicare, providing job readiness training, assisting with ordering food, and coordinating food drives for veterans and their families at the Montrose VA facility.
Lowey voted for the Serve America Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on April 21, 2009. The law expanded national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), including the Senior Corps RSVP program.
“There’s no substitute for a lifetime of experience,” said Lowey. “RSVP of Westchester plays an important role in harnessing all that seniors have to offer to our community’s next generation. I’m glad our seniors have the opportunity to mentor children and enhance their academic experience. As ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to support measures that improve our communities.”
RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and older to use skills and talents learned over the years – or develop new ones – while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within communities.
This year, CNCS is awarding a total of $17,258,417 to 233 organizations across the country to support 84,169 volunteers.
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