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August 6, 2008

Experience Corps Beginning Third Year in Hamden

Aug. 5, 2008
Media Contact: Michelle Wade
203.772.2010, Ext.202
Cell – 860.834.0128

National program seeks older adult volunteers to tutor in Hamden elementary schools, help improve reading skills

Experience Corps Greater New Haven founded by United Way of Greater New Haven and the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, is recruiting volunteers age 55 and above who are interested in tutoring children in grades K-3 as part of the 2008-2009 Experience Corps program in Hamden.

Experience Corps is a national Civic Ventures initiative that trains older adults (55+) to work with elementary school children in kindergarten through third grade to improve their reading skills. No prior tutoring experience is required and volunteers from all professional backgrounds and walks of life are welcome to attend an information session and screening. A partnership with Americorps provides stipends for volunteers who meet certain requirements.

Information sessions will be held at:
The Miller Memorial Library (Friends Room) 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT
Thursday, August 14, 2008 10:30 am
Monday, August 18, 2008 1:30 pm
Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:30 am
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:30 am

Since its inception in March 2007, thirty-eight Experience Corps members have tutored over 600 students through small group and individual sessions. They have contributed a total of over 4000 hours to the program. Volunteers tutor children from 10-20 hours per week and receive ongoing training in literacy tutoring skills.

For more information please call Sheila Greenstein, Experience Corps Program Director, at 203-752-3059 x 2900 or email volunteer@aoapartnerships.org

About United Way:
United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; and connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities. More information about United Way can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

About the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut:
The Agency on Aging works to provide a continuum of opportunities, care and support services that allow older Americans to remain in their homes and communities, avoid unwanted and unneeded institutionalization, and to age in place with dignity, respect and maximum independence. The Agency on Aging hosts additional volunteer programs including the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program that coordinates senior volunteers and the Senior Benefits Connection, a program in which senior volunteers conduct financial benefits and services eligibility screenings for other seniors. More information about the Agency on Aging can be found at www.aoapartnerships.org


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