National Volunteer Week – April 21-27, 2013
National Volunteer Week 2013 is a chance to thank and celebrate the outstanding contributions of the dedicated and passionate volunteers who help those who most need aging and disability services.
ADvancing States, as a part of the Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative, would like to thank all of volunteers in the Senior Medicare Patrol programs, Long-Term Care Ombudsmen offices, SHIP offices, and other aging and disability agencies across the nation for the important role they play in helping older adults to maintain healthy and independent lives.
This year's celebration of National Volunteer Week also marks a milestone. Beginning this week, the Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative will be announcing new ways your agency can increase its services through volunteer engagement.
The PowerUP! initiative of The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative gives leaders in the aging and disability networks the strategies and tools they need to tap into the skills and passion of older adult volunteers. This initiative also supports older adult volunteers in engaging their own skills, health, and lifelong learning.
PowerUP! increases these networks' ability to respond to resource challenges through researched and proven volunteer engagement resources including templates, tools and training for use by local organizations and programs.
To learn more about PowerUP! and to access the PowerUP! tools and information on the PowerUP! training pilot (coming live May 15th), please visit PowerUPVolunteers.org.
REMINDER: ADvancing States, in conjunction with the Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative, is inviting submissions for the 2013 Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Awards. This initiative is designed to highlight successful state-run programs that are leading the way in the creative use of volunteers in the long-term services and supports network. The award is open to programs that help older adults and persons with disabilities in the long-term services and supports system.