When Harry Scher turned 95 last year, he celebrated by doing something he does every week; volunteering! For nearly 30 years, the Manalapan senior has volunteered with our SHIP program (the State Health Insurance Assistance Program), helping his peers find answers to their Medicare questions. He is one of more than 200 senior volunteers who come to FCS through our Retired and Senior Volunteer Service (RSVP) program, a federally-funded program of The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). RSVP leverages the lifetime of skills and experience of older volunteers to improve the lives of others in our community. Unfortunately, it and all other CNCS programs are designated for elimination under the Federal 2018 budget.
May is Older Americans Month, an opportunity for us to recognize the perennial contributions of older Americans to our communities. Today older Americans are living longer and more healthfully than ever before. Many are blazing trails, pursuing fulfilling second careers or finding inspiration through meaningful volunteer work. At FCS, (Family & Children’s Service,) we are enormously grateful for the contributions of our more than 300 Retired and Senior Volunteers who are the mainstay of our Reading Buddies, Healthy Buddies and SHIP programs. We are also appreciative of the hard work provided by many of the older volunteers who help guide our agency and raise funds for our programs and services. But as a nonprofit social service agency, we recognize that many older Americans face significant challenges as they age, challenges that they may not be able to meet on their own.