TLU Receives $85,000 Grant From Corporation of National & Community Service

February 11, 2014

Texas Lutheran University has been awarded an $85,318 grant to support senior volunteer activities from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS). This grant is one of 175 Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) awards provided to organizations across the country to support senior volunteer activities in areas including education, veterans and military families.

These funds were awarded as part of a competitive grant process for RSVP, one of three Senior Corps programs administered by CNCS. Established in 1971, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts from hunger prevention to natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy.

Serving Guadalupe, Comal, Hays and Wilson Counties, the RSVP of south central Texas is an organization of volunteers age 55 and older with diverse backgrounds dedicated to providing service that impacts their communities. Recognition and training for RSVP volunteers and RSVP volunteer supervisors, as well as coordination and cooperation with organizations serving as RSVP partner agencies, are key parts of RSVP operations. Children’s literacy is the primary focus area for RSVP of south central Texas. Service at food banks, service to veterans and families of veterans, disaster preparedness, disaster relief and Senior Medicare Patrol are priorities. RSVP volunteers also participate locally with Habitat for Humanity, thrift stores and tourist information centers. The goal is to meet critical community needs in the area through senior volunteers.

“By working with students, providing job training and helping veterans transition into civilian life, volunteers age 55 and over are helping to transform the lives of the people they serve,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our communities need the talents and skills of all Americans as we continue moving this nation forward. The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well.” 

About Senior Corps 

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation of National and Community Service—a federal agency that engages more than four million American of all ages and backgrounds in service each year. Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund programs and President Obama’s United We Serve are all supported by the CNCS. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.


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