Cocoa, FL – Aging Matters in Brevard announced that it has received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $115,000.00 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service.  This award will support 874 Senior Corps RSVP volunteers serving in Brevard County, FL and expand Aging Matters’ Senior Corps presence.

“Our partnership with CNCS is at the core of what Aging Matters does for the community each and every day. We would not be able to provide the services to the thousands of clients we have throughout the county without our volunteers. They are 100% the lifeblood of our organization,” stated Josh Jensen, CEO, Aging Matters in Brevard.

The funds were awarded as part of a Senior Corps grant competition to increase the impact of national service in new or specific geographic areas. Through Aging Matters in Brevard, Senior Corps volunteers will deliver Meals on Wheels, provide transportation for seniors and veterans, provide services for seven partner non-profit agencies, instruct Bone Builders classes and be on call to help in emergencies.

With RSVP, volunteers choose how and where they want to serve.  They choose the amount of time they want to give, and they choose whether they want to draw on their skills or develop new ones. To sign up, visit agingmattersbrevard.org and click on the volunteer button, fill out the form and submit it.  RSVP will contact you to complete the registration.

Today, Senior Corps engages approximately 200,000 Americans at more than 20,000 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.

Aging Matters in Brevard is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the Lead Agency for Senior Services in Brevard County. Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard’s Mission is to be in service to the aging citizens of Brevard County, supporting independence, health, safety and quality of life. For more information on Aging Matters in Brevard, visit www.agingmattersbrevard.org.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which engages millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs and leads volunteer and civic engagement initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.

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