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May 27, 2015

TOA Senior Volunteer Awarded National Honor

PORTLAND (May 2015) —  Fran Seeley, a Foster Grandparent in The Opportunity Alliance’s Senior Volunteer Programs, was honored with the prestigious Senior Corps Hero award.  She is one of only five volunteers nationally out of a pool of 360,000 to be selected as a Senior Corps Hero. Seeley volunteers at Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School teaching math and reading skills to 9 and 10 year olds. She has been doing this work for 14 years. 

PORTLAND (May 2015) —  Fran Seeley, a Foster Grandparent in The Opportunity Alliance’s Senior Volunteer Programs, was honored with the prestigious Senior Corps Hero award.  She is one of only five volunteers nationally out of a pool of 360,000 to be selected as a Senior Corps Hero. Seeley volunteers at Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School teaching math and reading skills to 9 and 10 year olds. She has been doing this work for 14 years. 

The Senior Volunteer Programs at The Opportunity Alliance include Foster Grandparents, like Seeley, and Senior Companions, who work with elders to help them maintain independence in their own homes.  These programs provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for people age 55 and over, interested in meeting critical community needs in school, child development centers, Head Start, adult day programs and private homes throughout York and Cumberland counties. Volunteers living at less than 200% of poverty are eligible to receive a non-taxable stipend in return for a 15 – 40 hour a week commitment.

Nationally, Senior Corps volunteers have used their lifetime of skills and experience to meet community needs. Today, more than 270,000 volunteers age 55+ are serving through Senior Corps’ programs, including Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions.  According to last year’s Volunteering and Civic Life in America report, last year 270,000 Senior Corps volunteers served nearly 74 million hours, making a difference in the lives of more than 840,000 elderly who received assistance to remain independent in their homes; and more than 267,100 young people who received tutoring and mentoring that improved their academic performance, self-esteem, and overall social behavior. 

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