CaringMatters Awarded Community Care Corps Grant
Updated: Feb 13
CaringMatters is proud to announce that it was selected by the Community Care Corps to receive funds for volunteers assisting local family caregivers, older adults, and adults with disabilities in Montgomery County, Maryland. The amount of the grant is $180,000 for the period of October 1, 2022, through March 31, 2024.
CaringMatters is among the awardees of Community Care Corps. This unprecedented program is a momentous leap forward in facilitating older adults, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers with much-needed nonmedical assistance. CaringMatters’ aid will benefit countless local individuals and families, generating a lasting impact on those served, as well as the volunteers serving our community.
Allison K. Stearns, MS, MPH, LCPC, Chief Executive Officer of CaringMatters , noted that “this grant presents an extraordinary opportunity for CaringMatters to expand the reach of our volunteers to provide compassionate support services to individuals and families in Montgomery County confronting a wide range of challenges due to illness, caregiving and disabilities.”
CaringMatters’ model includes in-home visits to economically vulnerable 60+ seniors who have difficulty living independently; volunteers will provide companionship, shopping for essentials, light housekeeping, food preparation; and transportation to medical appointments and social services. Caregivers of the in-home senior clients and other recruited family caregivers will participate in volunteer-facilitated support groups and/or receive check-in contacts from volunteers. The model also will work to connect seniors and caregivers with formal and informal community resources. A total of 40 seniors and 70 caregivers will be served by 50 newly recruited, trained and supported volunteers, all coming from the Montgomery County Maryland’s diverse populations.
“We are pleased to make this award to CaringMatters. Their excellent volunteer model was chosen over other outstanding programs across the country,” said Paul Weiss, President of The Oasis Institute which administers Community Care Corps.
Community Care Corps grants are being awarded to local organizations across the country to establish, enhance, and grow innovative volunteer models. Community Care Corps is granting $2.85 million to 23 innovative local programs nationwide, including CaringMatters. The program was extremely competitive. In all, 171 organizations requested funding for their programs. The organizations selected serve a mix of urban, suburban, rural, and tribal communities from across the country.
Tens of millions of Americans are in critical need of nonmedical assistance to continue living in their homes. Many also need companionship to avert the devastating effects of isolation. Volunteer support is vital for individuals to maintain the ability to live independently and stay connected within their communities.
Community Care Corps, through a cooperative agreement with the federal Administration for Community Living(ACL), is led by three national non-profit organizations: The Oasis Institute,Caregiver Action Network, and USAging. For more information about Community Care Corps and a list of the 2022 grantees, please visit www.communitycarecorps.org.
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