Partners In Care Maryland Earns NCOA Grant as Exceptional Local Program Engaging Older Adults
“Discovering How Engaged Older Adults are Transforming the Nation’s Service Community”
Partners In Care Maryland has received a Multi-generational & Civic Engagement (MGCE) Initiative grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) for demonstrating potential as an exceptional locally developed program model for older adult volunteers 55 years and older. This Initiative is funded through an innovative public-private partnership between NCOA, US Administration on Aging, Corporation for National and Community Service, the Atlantic Philanthropies and MetLife Foundation.
“Across the nation, local community groups are discovering new and innovative ways to significantly engage an expanding army of baby boomers,” said Barbara Huston, Partners In Care Maryland president. “Our programs focus on ways that tap the life experience, skills, and special talents of older adults to strengthen and reach vulnerable segments of our community.”
Partners In Care Maryland competed with more than 80 applicants from across the country, and was selected as one of only 14 programs to be noted for exceptional programs and volunteer engagement strategies.
“Grantees participating in this Initiative will undergo a vigorous process of review, documentation and model development that will provide the evidence to encourage greater investment by public and private funders, policy makers and legislators in effective programs and initiatives that engage older adult volunteers to address issues and challenges,” said Tom Endres, NCOA vice president for Civic Engagement. “The grantees’ programs and practices will demonstrate what actually works and makes a difference at the local level, and how other communities and groups can apply these principles and models in their local communities.”
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The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, is a national voice for older Americans – especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged – and the community organizations that serve them. We turn creative ideas into effective programs that help millions of the nation’s seniors live independently, find jobs and benefits, manage their health and contribute to the communities. For more information, visit www.ncoa.org.
Partners In Care Maryland (PIC) is a community nonprofit empowering older adults to remain independent in their own homes. Founded in Anne Arundel County in 1993, PIC uses the tool of time-banking or service-exchange to foster civic engagement and build a community network of care around older adults. For more information, visit partnersincare.org.