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Senior Corps

More than 31,000 seniors in New York contribute their time and talents in one of three Senior Corps programs. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 8,400 young people who have special needs. Senior Companions help more than 1,100 homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers conduct safety patrols for local police departments, participate in environmental projects, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through more than 3,600 groups across New York.

Senior Corps offers a network of programs that tap the rich experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. To learn more about Senior Corps and how your organization may be able to partner, contact the Corporation for National and Community Service New York State Office at (518) 649-8042.

Foster Grandparents

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

Foster Grandparents devote their volunteer service entirely to disadvantaged or disabled youth. Across the country, Foster Grandparents help children in many ways: Offering emotional support to child victims of abuse and neglect; Tutoring children with low literacy skills; Mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers; and Caring for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illnesses.

Foster Grandparents are individuals age 60 and over who thrive on direct interaction with children and believe they can make a difference in their lives. Income-eligible Foster Grandparents receive a modest stipend to help offset the costs of volunteering.

Visit the Senior Corps Site to Learn More About Foster Grandparents

Senior Companion Program

Helping Adults Remain Independent

Senior Companions touch the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes or communities. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illnesses, and offer respite for caregivers. They assist their adult clients in basic but essential ways: Offering companionship and friendship to isolated and frail adults; Assisting with simple chores; Providing transportation; and Adding richness to their clients' lives.

Senior Companions are individuals age 60 or over who want to help adults with special need remain independent and living in their own home.

Visit the Senior Corps Site to Learn More About Senior Companions


Choose How to Serve

RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities.

RSVP volunteers choose how and where they want to serve—from a few hours to more than 40 hours a week. RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services, such as: Tutoring children in reading and math; Building houses; Helping get children immunized; Modeling parenting skills to teen parents; Participating in neighborhood watch programs; Planting community gardens; Providing counsel to new business owners; Offering relief services to victims of natural disasters; and Helping community organizations operate more efficiently.

RSVP provides service opportunities for those who want to make a difference in their communities while maintaining the flexibility to decide who and how frequently they serve.

Visit the Senior Corps Site to Learn More About RSVP

To learn more about Senior Corps and how your organization may be able to partner, contact the New York Corporation State Office:

  • Leo O'Brien Federal Bldg.
  • 11A Clinton Ave, Suite 900
  • Albany, NY 12207
  • Phone: (518) 649-8042
  • Fax: (518) 431-4154
  • Email:

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