AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and service, announced nearly $10 million in grant funds to expand two key AmeriCorps Seniors programs: its Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs in underserved or new communities across 16 states and Puerto Rico.


2021 AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program Funded Grants

The Foster Grandparent Program engages adults age 55 and over who help children in their communities develop academic and life skills critical to their development and future success. The AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve as tutors, mentors, and role models to children at risk of falling behind in school and to those with physical disabilities and/or other special needs. The intergenerational exchanges that occur build lasting bonds that benefit those who perform the service and those being served.

State Service Area Organization Funds Awarded Volunteer Positions Type
AR Clark, Hot Springs, Garland (AR) Howard A Dawson South Central DBA Dawson Education Service Cooperative $648,468 65 new
KY Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Pendleton (KY) Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Inc. $520,000 40 new
MI Bay, Midland County (MI) Saginaw County Commission on Aging $754,000 58 new
MS Hinds County, Rankin County (MS) Hudspeth Regional Center $715,000 55 new
NY Livingston County (NY) Wayne County Action Program Inc. $65,000 5 new
SC Greenwood, Saluda, Abbeville Counties (SC) Piedmont Agency on Aging $692,304 65 new
MS DeSoto County (MS) Porter Leath Children Center $520,000 65 new
UT Sevier, Sanpete, Wayne, Piute, Juab, and Millard (UT) Six County Association of Governments $585,000 45 new
UT Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, Milard, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, and Wayne (UT) Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism $975,000 75 new
WI Kenosha and Racine County (WI) Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services, Inc. $520,000 40 new
WI Edgerton, Evansville, Milton, Clinton, Janesville, Rock County (WI) RSVP of Rock County, Inc. $279,144 28 new
LA DeSoto Parrish (LA) Southern University at Shreveport $689,000 53 new
LA Caddoo/Bossier Parrish (LA) Southern University at Shreveport $520,000 40 new
    Total: $7,482,916 634  

 

2021 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program Funded Grants

The Senior Companion Program engages adults age 55 and over help other older adults, most of whom are homebound, live fuller, more independent lives. The AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers provide companionship and assistance with daily tasks such as shopping or paying bills, and give respite to family caregivers. As a result, seniors are able to maintain their independence longer, allowing them to age in place, and their caregivers are able to take time to recharge or perform errands.

State Service Area Organization Funds Awarded Volunteer Positions Type
FL Duval County (FL) City of Jacksonville $260,000 40 new
GA Fulton County (GA) Fulton County Board of Commissioners $260,000 40 new
ID Nez Perce, Latah (ID), Asotin (WA) Washington-Idaho Volunteer Center, Inc. $260,000 40 new
MD Fredrick County (MD) Asian American Center of Frederick $260,000 55 new
NY Oswego (NY) InterFaith Works of Central New York, Inc. $260,000 40 new
PA Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga (PA) Agency on Aging for the Counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga Inc. $260,000 40 new
PR Humacao, Yabucoa, Naguabo and Ceiba (PR) Hispanic-American Institute, Inc. $260,000 40 new
SC Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg (SC) Neighbor to Neighbor of South Carolina, Inc. $374,775 67 new
UT Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, Milard, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Wayne (UT) Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism $292,500 45 new
VT Statewide Age Well $318,500 49 new
WA  Lewis County (WA) Lewis County Seniors $97,500 15 new
WA  Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat (WA) Catholic Family & Child Services $747,500 115 new
    Total: $3,650,775 586