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City of Cottonwood honors Senior Corps

Shana Smith

The City of Cottonwood awarded a Proclamation designating May 7 through 11 as Senior Corps Week to Shana Smith, local coordinator for the program. The Proclamation urges citizens to recognize Senior Corps volunteers and programs for their valuable impact on our community.

Thanking the City Council, Smith noted that there is an urgent need for volunteers at this time for the Foster Grandparents program, which is encompassed by Senior Corps.

She urges community members to sign on as Foster Grandparents, asking the following questions: Do you enjoy helping children? Are you 55 or older? Could you use a little money to supplement your income?

"If you answered yes to the above and would like to share your experience and compassion to help children, then you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent, and we need you," says Smith.

Foster Grandparents volunteer at least 15 hours per week and many qualify to earn a tax-free hourly stipend. In addition, volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training, sick and vacation leave as well as supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

"When you volunteer," says Smith, "You're not just helping others - you're helping yourself, too. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life."

"We have some volunteers who give us as much as 40 hours each week," said Smith. "One gentleman is now on vacation, having earned many hours of vacation time during which he can relax while still earning his stipend."

Foster Grandparents serve as role models, mentors and friends. Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP in the Verde Valley are all part of the Northern Arizona University Civil Service Institute, which sponsors Senior Corps.

To sign up for this important program, please call Shana Smith at (928)202-8261 or email her at shana.smith@nau.edu.


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