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Baby boomers can volunteer with LSS Senior Corps

Posted: January 9, 2013 - 6:32pm
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Volunteers with the Minnesota Boomer Corps pictured with LSS State Senior Corps director John Bringewatt are Arlene Fernandes, foster grandparent at the Mid Minnesota Women's Center for six months; and Julie Guth and Katie Swanson, staff at the women's center.
Volunteers with the Minnesota Boomer Corps pictured with LSS State Senior Corps director John Bringewatt are Arlene Fernandes, foster grandparent at the Mid Minnesota Women's Center for six months; and Julie Guth and Katie Swanson, staff at the women's center.

Minnesota Boomer Corps is a new pilot project offered through Lutheran Social Service (LSS) intended to demonstrate the ability to meet more community needs by enrolling new, busy boomer volunteers who can commit to 10 hours per week to help others.

Facts about the program include:

• While focused on boomers, born 1946-64, 25 percent of enrollees may be older.

• This program is for newly enrolled volunteers only.

• A tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour will be paid to volunteers who serve 10 hours per week.

• Mileage is reimbursed at .35 cents a mile.

• Volunteers will earn stipend time off.

• No income restrictions exist.

• Background check and ongoing trainings will be required.

• Volunteers may switch to the regular 15 hour per week program if they choose at any point but may not switch back to the 10 hour per week program.

For more than 20 years LSS has managed the Senior Corps Programs (Senior Companions/Foster Grandparents) throughout much of Minnesota. These programs have demonstrated the powerful impact of engaging committed older adults in serving frail elders and at-risk children.

Impacts for 2011 include:

• 334 Senior Companions provided 266,000 hours of service to 2,297 frail elders, allowing them to stay right where they want to be, in their own homes.

• 419 Foster Grandparents provided 295,000 hours of one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to 3,062 children, helping them to boost their reading ability and academic performance.

• Volunteers report a better quality of life, with a renewed sense of purpose and better emotional and physical health. Ninety-eight percent responded that they were satisfied with their volunteer position.

For more information visit www.lssmn.org/seniorcorps/ or call 888-205-3770.

For more information on the Foster Grandparent Program contact LSS Regional Program Manager Marcia Ferris 877-612-6243 or Marcia.Ferris@lssmn.org. We are accepting applications for Foster Grandparent volunteers.