DANSVILLE — Mayors from across the nation, including many from Livingston County, joined together on April 1 to thank the volunteers in their communities who serve in the National Service Programs — Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, Senior Companion Program and AmeriCorps VISTA.

This past year in Livingston County, 115 National Service Volunteers served over 630 clients in areas such as transportation, respite care, tutoring, mentoring, home delivered meals, grocery shopping, meal preparation, educational programs, social and emotional support, and many other area. In one year, these local volunteers donated over 76,000 hours of service and driven more than 86,800 miles to help Livingston County residents.

Senior Corps taps the skills and experience of men and women age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community challenges through three programs: RSVP, Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Companion Program. The local AmeriCorps VISTA program is a collaboration between SUNY Geneseo and Livingston County Office for the Aging and focuses on services in the areas of food security, home safety and isolation.

Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools, Head Start, day care centers and youth programs as tutors and mentors. They help in the areas of pre-K school readiness, K-12 literacy and math, and social/emotional support. By improving the lives of the children they serve, Foster Grandparent volunteers also profoundly enrich their own lives. To find out more about the Foster Grandparent Program please contact FGP Director Deb Gage at 585-243-7520 or dgage@co.livingston.ny.us.

RSVP volunteers are exceptional people who have discovered just the right match for their skills and desire to help others. Agencies can recruit volunteers through RSVP to help accomplish their mission of providing services in the community such as transportation, respite, meal delivery, tutoring and mentoring of children and adults, coaching on health and safety issues and many other things. The local contact person is RSVP Coordinator Kathy Wood at 585-369-4294 or kwood@lifespan-roch.org.

Senior Companion volunteer opportunities are available through two Livingston County Programs. The community-based services match seniors with frail older adults to assist them with daily living tasks such as grocery shopping, preparing meals, paying bills, friendly visits, providing transportation to medical appointments, and much more. The NYS program focuses on volunteers who enjoy working with people with developmental disabilities. To reach the community-based Senior Companion Coordinator, please call Tina Brooks at 585-243-3818 or Tbrooks@communityplace.org. For more information about the New York State OPWDD program please call Jim Ward at 585-382-3100 ext. 6561.