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Making A Difference For Generations

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - America’s  rapidly aging population creates a tremendous opportunity to unleash the  power of volunteers on some of the nation’s most pressing problems. 

Consider this: Baby boomers are the largest, healthiest and best-educated  generation in history. Volunteering can be their second act, fulfilling their  passions and helping them stay active, healthy and engaged.

Senior Corps, a national volunteer program for adults 55-plus, has been  making a difference for generations. Last year, Senior Corps volunteers  contributed more than 80 million hours of service and improved the lives of  more than 1.5 million Americans.

Who’s Helped

These volunteers put years of experience to good use for those in greatest  need, including:

• Children: Senior Corps volunteers help nearly 300,000 children a  year through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to improve their academic  performance, self-esteem and overall social behavior.

• Veterans: In the next five years, more than 1 million service  members will face the challenge of transitioning to civilian life. Senior  Corps volunteers—many veterans themselves—serve more than 560,000  veterans a year.

• Elderly: Senior Corps volunteers help nearly 800,000 elderly  Americans live independently and stay in their homes.

• Disaster Survivors: When disaster strikes, Senior Corps volunteers  provide recovery support. They staff call centers, manage donations and help  coordinate other volunteers.

Who Helps The Helpers

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service,  the federal agency and largest grant maker in support of volunteering, says, “Senior  volunteers are more important now than ever for meeting the needs of local  communities. We honor the service of Senior Corps volunteers and we invite more older Americans to join us.”

Learn More

For further information about how you can use your skills and experience  for good at any age, go to www.Serve.gov  or call (800) 942-2677.