Each year more than 300,000 people give their time to help others or service their communities through the AmeriCorps program, and today local volunteers are being recognized for their efforts.
A special ceremony was held Tuesday for the 6th annual National Service Recognition Day at the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency. Local leaders and officials with the organization took the time to show their appreciation for the volunteers.
The volunteers are part of the Community Action Agency’s Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program, the Parkway Center’s Senior Corps RSVP volunteers and the Municipal Housing Authority’s AmeriCorps volunteers.
The Foster Grandparent Program gives seniors the chance to work with children and serve as a mentor.
“The seniors really enjoy it and the kids enjoy it even more,” said Ann Perry, director of the Foster Grandparent Program for MVCAA. “It gives the seniors purpose and something to get up in the morning for and the kids really enjoy their company. And they work one-on-one with children and try to help them improve academically, socially and emotionally.”
About 33 volunteers are involved in the Foster Grandparents Program and they are always looking for more volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can find more information here.