UMaine Center on Aging Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
RSVP engages people 55 and older in meaningful volunteer roles that utilize their skills and life experiences to make a difference in the lives of children, seniors and veterans in communities across Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties.
UMaine Center on Aging Senior Companion Program
Helping elders stay independent can be a challenge in Maine’s rural areas. Many older adults do not have relatives living nearby and must rely on others to help them. Through the Senior Companion Program, homebound elders are able to stay in their own homes longer thanks to regular visits from Senior Companions — dedicated, active individuals age 55 and older.
Encore Leadership Corps
ENCorps is a free training and support program offering a unique opportunity for everyday Maine people 50 years old and older to give back to their community through volunteerism. The program’s workshops and classes help older adult volunteers maximize their involvement in the community, promote change and resolve conflicts. Each year ENCorps trains growing numbers of Mainers from around the state to be ENCorps volunteer leaders in the areas of environmental stewardship, grassroots leadership and community development, with an emphasis on making decisions that protect and improve the quality of life for all community residents.
Boomer Reporting Corps
The Boomer Reporting Corps (BRC), was an initiative of Encore Leadership Corps, providing specialized mentoring and general skill-building workshops to Mainers over the age of 50. This effort, which was designed to encourage older adults throughout Maine to become citizen journalists, was undertaken in response to a growing interest among our membership in creating community news outlets, including newsletters, blogs, websites, and columns in local newspapers. Funding for the Boomer Reporting Corps was provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, and The Atlantic Philanthropies.