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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 Volunteers Continued from page 36 munities. The Senior Corps involves seniors in three types of services: Foster Grandparents offers support to children with special needs; Senior Companions provide assistance to help elderly individuals live independently; and Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP) provides a variety of services that range from leading local museum tours to teaching adult education computer classes. Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions meet income eligi- bility requirements, serve 20 hours per week and receive small stipends. Foster Grandparents are low-income individuals age 60 and older who carry out the chal- lenging and rewarding work of helping special and exceptional needs children, including those with physical and specific learn- ing disabilities. Foster Grandparents also works with youth needing literacy assis- tance and with teen parents and their children. Examples of the many activities Foster Grandpar- ents undertakes includes assisting in preschool intervention pro- grams with children who have speech and hearing difficulties, developmental delays and learn- ing disabilities; working in anti- substance abuse programs in schools; working with boarder babies in hospitals; and providing youth with literacy skills. Senior Companions is com- posed of low-income older adults. Program participants serve as companions and friends to older people who need help, and fill a variety of roles that include pro- viding families of the frail elderly with respite services, serving as advocates and offerring informa- tion sources about benefits and services. Senior Companions usually serves two to four clients. Many Senior&apos; Companions participants serve clients for several years and form very meaningful friendships. Senior Companions participants receive reimbursement for trans- portation, meals during service, annual physical examinations, and accident and liability insur- ance while on duty. RSVP volunteers serve from a few to more than 40 hours a week in organizations that range from hospitals and youth recreation centers, to local police stations and education facilities. RSVP involves seniors age 55 and older in service that matches their per- sonal interests and makes use of their skills and lifelong experi- ences. Examples of volunteer opportu- nities under RSVP include instructing in adult basic educa- tion; advocating in court for those unable to handle their affairs; pro- viding home repair and weather- Submitted photo ization services; and caring for developmentally disabled adults. RSVP volunteers serve without compensation but may be reim- bursed for such expenses as trans- portation. Insurance protection is provided to volunteers while they are on assignment. For information on the Senior Corps programs, contact the Corporation for National Service at 800-424-8867. The Service Corps of Retired Executives or SCORE is a 13,000-member volunteer associ- ation sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE is composed of retired executives and small business owners. SCORE volunteers pro- vide free counseling to small busi- B ness owners. Teams of volunteer counselors also assist small busi- Cancer survivors contribute to quilt Almost 40 people have donated material for the Beebe Med- ical Center Auxiliary Craft Group's Survivors' Quilt. The group has received material from men and women who have survived all types of cancer. The group still needs more ma- terial before pieces are actually sewn together. Fall is the projected completion time for the quilt that will be hung in the Tunnell Cancer Center lobby. The purpose of the quilt is to show cancer patients there is hope for survival. Cancer survivors who would like to donate material for the quilt project may send a quarter yard of all cotton material, either new material or from old clothing, to Beebe Medical Center, Tunnell Cancer Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958. Submissions should include a name, address, tele- phone number and how long the contributor has been a can- cer survivor. Craft group members photographed shown standing with quilt squares are (l-r) Gwen Fisher, chairwoman; Phyllis White; Eva Fleming, co-chairwoman; and Marion Hecock. In front are Nancy Horneck and Joyce Gresco. I hess owners in the areas of plan- ning and management, and they offer seminars and workshops on major considerations in running a business. Volunteers work in or near their home communities to provide management counseling and training to first-time entrepre- neurs and current small business owners. They meet with clients at a SCORE chapter office, an SBA office or at the client's place of business. To locate the SCORE office nearest you, call 800-634- 0245 or contact your nearest SBA office. Older people with an interest in history and the great outdoors may volunteer their time with the National Park Service Volunteers in Parks,. or VIP program. The National Park Service is entrusted with preserving more than 360 national parks in the United States. In 1995, more than 77,000 people volunteered in almost every park in the national park system: in big cities, in small towns and in remote wilderness areas. Volunteers may work a few hours a week or per month, sea- sonally, or full time. They may work weekdays, weekends, dur- ing the day or at night. This is just a partial list of the resources I found while searching for information of the subject of senior volunteer opportunities. On the Internet there is a search engine for matching volunteers with the needs of your communi- ty. It can be found at <www.vol- ">. 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