NAU program receives $1.3M grant to continue changing lives, one storybook at a time (VIDEO)

| August 9, 2017

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Story and Video by Carly Banks • NAU Communications • Northern Arizona University 

Sometimes it’s as simple as going on a walk. Other times, it requires reading a story book or tutoring students in math. Whatever the task at hand may be, thanks to a recent grant of more than $1.3 million, these volunteers will continue to change lives—others and their own.

Northern Arizona University’s Civic Service Institute has sponsored the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs for nearly three decades—providing opportunities for people 55 and over to serve throughout the state.

“The programs are invaluable in the communities they serve because they engage volunteers to help people—homebound elders and young children—who are struggling and need support to thrive,” said Erin Kruse, senior corps programs project director.

The volunteers, who can choose from a variety of programs, dedicate at least 15 hours a week to serve people of all ages in Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Mohave counties. Last year, 242 volunteers served more than 1,100 people between the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs.

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