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AmeriCorps volunteer appreciation reception March 15

Media Release, AmeriCorps:

 

AmeriCorps Seniors serving as Curry County Retired & Senior Volunteers and Foster Grandparents will be honored with a Reception on Friday, March 15, 2024 in recognition of their service and in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. The reception will be held in the Commission Chambers located in the Curry County Administrative Complex, 417 Gidding St. Clovis, NM 88101. The event is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm and will end at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to come by and thank our senior volunteers for their service. Refreshments will be served.

This year, AmeriCorps is celebrating three decades of national service. 30 years ago, more than 20,000 Americans raised their right hands and pledged to get things done for America. These members helped more than 1,000 communities nationwide during their first year of service. Since then, more than 1.25 million Americans and hundreds of thousands more AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers of all backgrounds have followed in their footsteps, providing billions of hours of results-driven service across each of the 50 states and US territories. Members and volunteers ensure students are set up for success, combat hunger and homelessness, respond to natural disasters, fight the opioid epidemic, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and so much more.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was established in 1971 and is now one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation, RSVP engages more than 208,000 people age 55 and older nationwide in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Curry County RSVP currently has approximately 80 members serving in 12 volunteer stations throughout the county.

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), which began in 1965 nationwide, provides loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special needs. There are currently 10 Foster Grandparents serving in classrooms in elementary schools throughout Clovis.
Curry County has had the privilege of maintaining a Retired Senior Volunteer and Foster Grandparent Program for over 36 years. Both programs receive Federal funding from AmeriCorps, State funding from New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD), and local funding from Curry County.

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