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Senior Volunteers Play Vital Roles in Maryland

Maryland has 5,600 retirees who donate their time to help others in the Senior Corps. (Virginia Carter)
Maryland has 5,600 retirees who donate their time to help others in the Senior Corps. (Virginia Carter)
May 22, 2017

ANNAPPOLIS, Md. – About 240,000 volunteers over age 55, including some in Maryland, are being honored this month by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

And the program is looking for more recruits, even as its future is uncertain.

The agency runs AmeriCorps and Senior Corps – programs that, in the last quarter century, have placed more than 1 million people in positions to help others.

Spokeswoman Samantha Warfield says volunteers help teach children to read, serve as foster grandparents and act as companions for other seniors who need help living independently.

"You know, Americans are living longer and achieving even more, and entering sort of a second act,” she says. “And so because of that, we think it's an untapped resource for nonprofits and community organizations across the country. "

But President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes cutting the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's one of 19 agencies on the chopping block in order to boost military spending.

Maryland has 5,600 Senior Corps volunteers who serve as tutors for more than 3,000 young people, and help 430 local organizations.

Warfield stresses everyone has something to offer, no matter what he or she did before retiring.

"They may decide that they are really antsy to put their professional skills that they spent so long developing,” she says. “But there also may be volunteers who don't want to do what they've done their whole lives, and maybe they have a passion for gardening or music."

Warfield says Maryland volunteers last year helped nearly 300 homebound seniors and people with disabilities. Most volunteers receive a small stipend for their hours of service.

Information is online at nationalservice.gov.



Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD