Triton College receives grant to support activities for senior volunteers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB. 17, 2014
Triton College was awarded a $49,416 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to continue supporting senior volunteer activities. These funds were awarded as part of a competitive grant process for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage counties, one of three Senior Corps programs administered by CNCS.
Established in 1971, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts in everything – from hunger prevention to natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy.
The RSVP of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage counties has been in existence since 1983 and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Its volunteers serve in many capacities, including assisting other senior citizens in filing their income tax returns, as well as work with English as a Second Language students with practicing their conversational English-speaking skills. RSVP also works with public agencies, secular and faith-based private non-profit organizations and proprietary health care organizations in recruiting volunteers who are 55 and older who want to volunteer in their communities.
“This grant award demonstrates the dedication of Triton College in serving its community and the valuable service that our volunteers provide every day,” said Director of RSVP Kay Frey. “With the continued support of Triton College, I look forward to continuing the great work of RSVP and serving the community.”
“By working with students, providing job training, and helping veterans transition into civilian life, volunteers age 55 and over are helping to transform the lives of the people they serve, ” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our communities need the talents and skills of all Americans as we continue moving this nation forward. The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well.”
This grant is one of 175 RSVP awards provided to volunteer organizations across the country to support senior volunteer activities in areas including education and veterans and military families.
Alicia Roberson, Public Relations Writer
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