ACL awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to the Oasis Institute for $3,800,578 annually to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps. The Oasis Institute, in partnership with the Caregiver Action Network, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Altarum will foster innovative models in which volunteers assist family caregivers, older adults or persons with disabilities with non-medical care in order to maintain their independence.
This initiative will create an inclusive Steering Committee to ensure input from a diverse group of stakeholders; develop a process to establish, expand or enhance volunteer programs; evaluate the effectiveness of funded models in different communities nationally; assist funded projects create sustainability plans that span multiple markets: and share project findings, new solutions, and best practices that emerge from the project.
Yes! A volunteer care Corp group is very much needed with our present aging society. After three years of caring for my husband following a massive stroke, I can attest to the need of such help! Even with Hospice and hired help, other help would have been very helpful .
This is a great idea.....glad to see it finally coming around!