The President's FY 2015 budget proposal unwisely calls for dismantling Senior Corps. It would move the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs under AmeriCorps drastically cutting services to at risk children and frail elderly. RSVP would face a 70% cut and be moved to the Volunteer Generation Fund.
Current funding levels should be maintained for Senior Corps in FY 2015, and the current structure should be maintained. The Senior Corps ensures that older adult volunteers meet local needs at less cost to the taxpayer. These Senior Corps volunteers provide nearly 100 million hours of essential services to their neighbors and communities.
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How You Can Help!!On June 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies will consider its version of a FY 2015 funding measure including the funding for the Senior Corps.
In light of the President's Budget, Senior Corps funding is desperately at risk.
Call or e-mail our U.S. Senators asking them to contact Senator Harkin (D-IA), Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and other Subcommittee Members and urge them to reject the President's Senior Corps budget recommendation and continue Senior Corps funding at a level no less than the FY 2014 level.
The Honorable John Cornyn, U.S. Senate, (972) 239-1310, www.cornyn.Senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
The Honorable Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate, (214) 599-8749, www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=email_senator
Thank you for helping us Save Senior Corps!
The Foster Grandparent Program pairs senior volunteers with at-risk and special needs children in schools, youth shelters, and correctional facilities. The Senior Companion Program pairs senior volunteers with frail or disabled elderly individuals who are homebound.
Through RSVP, seniors across the country are connected to volunteer opportunities with over 65,000 local organizations.
For more information on these Senior Corps Programs in Dallas:
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Lynda Ender | AGE Director