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What are some volunteer programs for retired seniors?

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Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, connects older adults with volunteer opportunities around the United States, such as being a foster grandparent or senior companion. Foster grandparents provide mentoring and support for abused or neglected children, troubled youth, teen parents, children with disabilities and those who need help with school work. Senior companions support and befriend adults who have difficulty with activities of daily living, helping them remain independent and providing respite to caregivers.

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RSVP, the retired senior volunteer program, is another Senior Corps program, which connects seniors with a wide range of volunteer opportunities, such as tutoring, home renovation and disaster assistance. Through Senior Corps, volunteers provide services using skills they already have, or they branch out to learn new skills, such as tutoring or fundraising, while receiving training from their host agency. Senior Corps volunteers with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs receive small stipends, training and insurance. The Senior Corps provides an online volunteer match service at the Corporation for National and Community Service website.

Providing tax preparation assistance to low-income families and other seniors is a volunteer opportunity available through the Volunteer Income Tax and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. SCORE is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Each year, more than 10,000 SCORE senior volunteer counselors provide mentoring to thousands of people starting new businesses. The American Red Cross, the Guide Dog Foundation, the National Park Service and United Way are just some of the national organizations that can direct senior citizens to local, national and international volunteer opportunities.

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