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Pingree Announces $100k in Federal Funding to Support 165 Senior Volunteer Service Members in Maine

Washington, March 1, 2019
Catholic Charities Maine in Portland will receive $100,000 in federal grant funding to support 165 Senior Corps volunteers

PORTLAND, MAINE – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that Catholic Charities Maine in Portland will receive $100,000 in federal grant funding to support 165 Senior Corps volunteers.

“I’m delighted to announce this significant federal investment for Maine seniors who want to remain active and in service to their communities,” said Congresswoman Pingree. “This $100,000 grant will support both the senior volunteers who want to stay civically engaged as well as Kennebec and Somerset Counties which will directly benefit from their contributions.”

Today, Senior Corps engages approximately 220,000 Americans at 25,000 locations across the nation through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs. Established in 1971, RSVP engages Americans age 55 and older in citizen service that addresses the nation’s most pressing challenges -- everything from fighting the opioid epidemic, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting veterans to jobs and benefits, preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, ensuring seniors age independently and with dignity, and helping Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster.

While serving, Senior Corps volunteers also improve their own lives, staying active and healthy through service. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations.

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