HAYS, KS -- In his State of the Union address three weeks ago, President George W. Bush called upon Americans of all ages to commit 4,000 hours to volunteer service over their lifetimes. Fort Hays State University applauds this call for service by those of all ages.
Currently Fort Hays State University sponsors two Senior Corps programs, the Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program, which will be expanded under the president's plan.
This expansion will support the USA Freedom Corps goals for improving homeland security by enlisting all generations of volunteers in public safety, public health, disaster preparedness and meeting other community needs. FHSU Senior Corps volunteers will continue to help rebuild communities by providing one-on-one companionship to homebound elderly and caring for the special needs of children.
In addition to expanding senior service opportunities, the president's plan also calls for strengthening the Senior Corps by lowering the age for participation in programs, providing incentives for older adults to volunteer, expanding training and research programs and providing greater flexibility to existing Senior Corps programs.
"The president's theme of volunteerism and service reinforces the message that today, more than ever, every American -- young, old and in between -- needs to be engaged in community service," said Jolene Niernberger, director of FHSU's Senior Companion Program. "People of all ages and incomes are valuable assets to our communities."
Interested seniors (60 years of age or older) who would like to volunteer their time should contact Niernberger at (785) 628-5809.