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