We are proud to announce that UServeUtah has been awarded $1,267,500 to support senior volunteer service. This funding will support 75 AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent volunteers and 45 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companions in rural Utah.
What is the AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program?
This program connects role models with young people with exceptional needs. Volunteers in the Foster Grandparent program help guide students to higher academic achievement, care for premature infants or children with disabilities, and mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers.
The new Utah Rural Foster Grandparent Program sponsored by UServeUtah will place 75 AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent (FGP) volunteers in rural counties across Utah, who will provide one-on-one mentoring and tutoring to students with special or exceptional needs to increase student academic performance and academic engagement outcomes. By focusing on academic engagement and performance, volunteers can help improve a variety of student success measures, including increasing academic achievement and decreasing absenteeism and high school drop-out rates for at-risk students. Foster Grandparent will serve in the following counties: Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, Millard, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, and Wayne.
Funding 2 years $975,000 ($487,500 per year)
What is the AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program?
This program focuses on providing assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills. Through this program, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.
The new Utah Rural Senior Companion Program will place 45 AmeriCorps Senior Companions in the following rural counties: Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Emery, Grand, Juab, Millard, Piute, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, and Wayne. AmeriCorps Senior volunteers will assist homebound adults with light housekeeping, meal preparation, socialization, rides to doctor appointments, and other essential needs, enabling them to continue aging in place healthily and happily. Senior Companions will also provide respite to family caregivers.
Funding 1 year $292,500