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Meals on Wheels South Texas Awarded $191,425 to Support Senior Volunteer Service

Meals on Wheels South Texas has received an AmeriCorps Seniors demonstration grant of $191,425 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support a dedicated team of volunteers serving in an eight-county region. The grant will add to MOWSTx’s existing services in Victoria and DeWitt counties, and it will expand MOWSTx’s service area to the counties of Calhoun, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Aransas, and Refugio. Previously unserved by an AmeriCorps Seniors project, the region will soon have a new way to empower and connect seniors who want to serve their community through volunteerism.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to expand our programming combatting senior isolation and loneliness to a larger geographic area,” says Executive Director Dan Williams-Capone, “and to work together with the existing senior-serving organizations in the eight-county region around us.”

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteering with the new program will assist homebound senior peers with grocery shopping and transportation and provide crucial social interaction for otherwise isolated and lonely older adults.

Services will become available in early 2023. MOWSTx plans to hire a program coordinator by the end of summer, who will be the key point of contact for all AmeriCorps Seniors demonstration programming.

About AmeriCorps Seniors

These new grant funds are made possible from the historic $1 billion investment in AmeriCorps through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide immediate relief from the pandemic, with a specific focus on support for underserved and disproportionately impacted communities. For the past year, thousands of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers across all 50 states and U.S. territories have continued their service, quickly adapting to meet the changing needs caused by the pandemic. The dedicated volunteers of AmeriCorps Seniors have persisted to support communities as they respond and recover from the impact of COVID-19, developing new ways to deliver the same services to keep both themselves and those they serve safe.

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers stay healthy and active through service, improving their own lives as they improve the lives of others. A growing body of research affirms the numerous mental and physical health benefits of volunteering, including lower mortality rates, decreased rates of depression, and increased strength and energy. Findings from a recent agency-sponsored study show that AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serving with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs report feeling less depressed and isolated, along with stable or improved health scores.

Today, AmeriCorps Seniors engages nearly 200,000 older Americans in service at approximately 30,000 locations across the United States and territories through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs

About Meals on Wheels South Texas

Meals on Wheels South Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports independent living for seniors by providing services for homebound seniors (including transportation, pet assistance, a Friendly callers program, and library materials delivery) and congregate meals and activities at its Connection Café on Murray Street.

Meals on Wheels South Texas is the largest Title III meal provider in the 7-county region serviced by the Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging. Since its founding in 1979 as the Victoria County Senior Citizens Association, MOWSTx has worked to enable seniors to age in place and eliminate food insecurity and other obstacles that diminish seniors’ quality of life.

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Jenn Putman

jenn@mowstx.org

(361) 576-2189

 

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