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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Designate National Senior Corps Week

May 19, 2017
Press Release
Resolution supports full funding for Senior Corps Programs

WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter DeFazio today introduced a bipartisan resolution that would designate May 15-19 as National Senior Corps Week and support full funding of the program.

Senior Corps includes three programs for older Americans: the Senior Companion Program, which pairs volunteers with seniors who need assistance with daily household tasks; the Foster Grandparent Program, which pairs senior volunteers with children and youth in their communities; and the RSVP program, which provides a variety of volunteer opportunities to older Americans.

Rep. DeFazio’s resolution, H.Res.344, supports full funding for Senior Corps programs, and designates the week of May 15-19 as National Senior Corps Week. 

“As a trained gerontologist and the person who brought the first-ever Senior Corps program to Lane County, I know firsthand the tremendous positive impact these programs have on a community,” said Rep. DeFazio (D-OR). “President Trump’s so-called “skinny budget” targets Senior Corps for elimination. This is unacceptable. My resolution supports fully funding Senior Corps, and recognizes the program for its many accomplishments.  I have devoted my career to improving the lives of older Americans, and I will continue to fight for essential programs like this one.”

Senior Corps programs enable senior volunteers to provide 96 million hours of essential services to their neighbors, at a lower cost than any other option.