Senior Citizens volunteer programs ($200K)
If you vote for this item to be CUT, then you are suggesting that three programs that promote senior citizen social interaction and volunteerism be discontinued. If you do NOT vote to cut this item, you are suggesting that the three programs be continued.
Aging Partners sponsors three senior volunteer programs: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program. The RSVP volunteers work in public settings such as the information desks at the City/County Building, the State Capitol, and the Lancaster County DMV as well as 96 non-profit agencies.
Implications and Consequences of CUTTING this item
If these three programs were discontinued...
● Approximately 680 older volunteers from Lincoln and Lancaster County would no longer be working these programs.
● The responsibilities performed by these volunteers would simply not be done, or would have to be assumed by existing or new, paid staff.
● Stipends to the low income elderly serving the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program would end, reducing their discretionary purchasing power by $177,088.
● The 365 children currently receiving literacy help from foster grandparents would no longer have the service.
● A total of 192 homebound elders would not be visited and assisted by senior companions.
● The community loses an estimated $2.8 million worth of volunteer services.
● Approximately 500 newly widowed individuals would lose service from the RSVP Widowed Persons Service outreach.
● Aging Partners would lose $365,000 to fund these programs from the Corporation for National Service.