Senior Corps Week: Making a difference for generations

Pat Braun, Area Supervisor

Catholic Charities, Central MN Foster Grandparent Program

Every day, around the country, seniors are making a difference in their local communities, volunteering in schools, assisting with disaster relief, helping frail elders with daily tasks, and much more. These volunteers, members of Senior Corps, are truly Making a Difference for Generations.

Their accomplishments are to be recognized during Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, 2014. Senior Corps, which is under the direction of the Corporation for National & Community Service, consists of the Foster Grandparent Program, the Senior Companion Program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Through Senior Corps programs, more than 340,000 volunteers strengthen their communities through their service.

In Central MN, more than 200 Foster Grandparents are a part of this effort, serving in schools, Head Starts, and other local non-profits. The senior volunteers of the Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program provide meaningful, supportive relationships for children with special needs that enrich the lives of all involved. In 2013, these Foster Grandparents invested over 155,000 hours into the children of our local communities.

Foster Grandparents serving in the Cambridge Isanti school district include: Geneva Selin, Isanti Primary; Betty Turnquist ECFE; Cheryl Jensen Cambridge Primary; and Sally Murdy Cambridge Intermediate.  Foster Grandparents serving at Cambridge Christian school are Freda Andrieni and Joyce Dahlgren. These volunteers make a difference in the lives of many children each year. As the school year comes to a close, we salute their efforts and their service.

The Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. For more information contact Pat Braun at 612-390-0617 or pbraun@ccstcloud.org.

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