BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Positive Maturity, Inc. announced the award of over $300,000 to support senior volunteer activities from the Corporation for National and Community Service (the “Corporation”) to be received over three years. Positive Maturity Inc. is a United Way Partner that serves older adults in four counties through civic engagement, social services and employment readiness.
The funds were awarded for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (“RSVP”), one of three Senior Corps programs administered nationally by the Corporation, which is a federal agency, and provided locally by Positive Maturity. RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities that serve the needs of the volunteer and the community. These volunteers are a critical resource for everything from hunger prevention to natural disaster response. RSVP volunteers provide over 450,000 volunteer service hours annually to their communities in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount and Walker County.
One of 175 competitive Corporation grants to RSVP programs nationally, the RSVP grant is awarded every three years and requires a 50 percent match. With the help of an annual grant from the United Way of Central Alabama, Positive Maturity has provided the RSVP program since 1972.
Positive Maturity will hold its first annual fundraising recognition event, The PM Awards, this July. Fifty individuals over the age of 50 will be recognized for their lifetime achievements, encore careers and civic engagement. The funds will be used to help match grants and to provide services to more seniors as this population grows rapidly.
As Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service stated: “Our communities need the talents and skills of all Americans as we continue moving this nation forward. The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well.”