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Connecticut receives grants to help senior volunteers

March 1, 2019

New Milford and Southbury are among the towns that received federal money to support the Senior Corps RSVP program, which is one of the country’s largest volunteer programs for Americans who are 55 and older.

The state received $395,355 in grant funding for the program from the Corporation for National and Community Services.

That money is split between three groups: $158,960 for Community Renewal Team, Inc.; $111,073 for Thames Valley Council for Community Action and $125,322 for New Opportunities, Inc.

New Milford and Southbury are part of the New Opportunities, Inc., which will use the money to support 180 volunteer members.

Through the program, volunteers use the skills they’ve learned in life to help provide critical services within their community.

“The grant awarded to Connecticut will include helping volunteers provide mentorships to low-income individuals and veterans, services to communities dealing with food insecurity, tutoring and Meals on Wheels delivery to improve the academic outcome of students, and services to ensure seniors’ safety and support their independence so they can remain in their homes,” according to the news release.