May 18-22, 2015: Senior Corps Week

WHEREAS, older Americans bring a lifetime of skills and experience as parents, workers, and citizens that can be tapped to meet challenges in our communities; and,

WHEREAS, for more than four decades Senior Corps, and its three programs – RSVP, Senior Companions, and Foster Grandparents – have proven to be a highly effective way to engage Americans ages 55 and over in meeting national and community needs; and,

WHEREAS, each year Senior Corps provides opportunities for nearly 330,000 older Americans across the nation, including approximately 12,000 Michigan Senior Corps volunteers who serve their communities; and,

WHEREAS, last year, Michigan Senior Corps volunteers provided more than 2.1 million hours of service, helping to improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen our educational system; protect our environment, provide independent living services, and contribute to our public safety; and,

WHEREAS, Senior Corps volunteers build capacity of organizations and communities by serving through more than 65,000 nonprofit, community, educational, and faith-based community groups nationwide; and,

WHEREAS, at a time of mounting social needs and growing interest in service by older Americans, there is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the talents of 55-plus volunteers to address community challenges; and,

WHEREAS , service by older Americans helps volunteers by keeping them active, healthy, and engaged; helps our communities by solving local problems, and helps our nation by saving taxpayer dollars, reducing healthcare costs, and strengthening our democracy; and,

WHEREAS, the sixth annual Senior Corps Week, taking place May 18-22, 2015, is an opportunity to thank Senior Corps volunteers for their service and recognize their positive impact and value to our communities and nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 18-22, 2015 as Senior Corps Week in Michigan.