Consider putting your time and talents at the service of your community. The following are a few of the many opportunities available to you:
Make a difference in the lives of older persons who live alone and need home delivered meals. Contact your local Senior Nutrition Program about delivering meals. To find a Senior Nutrition Program nearest you, contact us at 309-829-2065.
Make a difference in your community while maintaining the flexibility to decide who and how frequently you want to serve by joining the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. For information about the RSVP nearest you, go to: http://www.seniorcorps.org/ .
Make a difference in the lives of older adults and persons with disabilities in your community by serving as a Faith in Action. Volunteer through your congregation. For information about the Faith in Action program nearest you go to: http://www.fianationalnetwork.org/ .
Looking for other areas that need assistance? The Aging Network Volunteers are looking for ideas of possible services that are needed around your community or have options for you to volunteer as well. Visit their website to learn more: http://agingnetworkvolunteers.org/
You can show your support for services for older adults and their caregivers by making voluntary contributions. ECIAAA and community programs on aging must inform you of the cost of services and give you the opportunity to freely contribute. We can suggest a donation. However, under the Older American Act, we cannot deny services to you if you are unwilling or unable to contribute. We encourage you to make donations which reflect how much you value our services and what you can afford.
Federal and State funds for community-based services for older Americans have not kept pace with the growth of the aging population, increased demand for services, and rising costs. ECIAAA encourages local units of government, United Way Agencies, community foundations, corporations, and private donors to provide financial support for programs and services for older adults and their caregivers.
To find out how you can make a difference, contact the Grants Compliance Supervisor at ECIAAA: (309) 829-2065.