Volunteer this Summer
With summer fast approaching, are you looking for activities to take advantage of the longer days and warm weather? Or, are you looking for a way to do something meaningful with your summer vacation? Consider giving back to your community by volunteering this summer. Increasing numbers of Americans are devoting time to volunteering. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year more than 63 million people participated in a volunteer activity. For many people, the summer months are the perfect time to volunteer because most schools are closed, the days are longer, and the weather is more favorable for outdoor activities. Volunteering during the summer can also give valuable support to your community, as families who get help from school-based programs look to other organizations for assistance when schools are out of session. From mentoring at-risk children, to cleaning a park, or delivering meals to a home-bound neighbor, there are volunteer options to match nearly every interest and schedule. In recognition of the importance of giving back to our communities, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting some of the benefit programs available for those interested in volunteering this summer.

To learn more about volunteering and the Call to Summer Service visit the USA Freedom Corps website. For additional information on volunteer statistics, read the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Volunteering in the United States.

Foster Grandparent Program
The Foster Grandparent Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 60 or older, with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality volunteer experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. For more information, visit the Foster Grandparent Program.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers. For more information, visit the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Senior Companion Program
The Senior Companion Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 60 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. Program funds are used to support Senior Companions in providing supportive, individualized services to help adults with special needs in order to maintain their independence. For more information, visit the Senior Companion Program.