CHEYENNE, Wyo Lou Lopez and Ray Navarro not only served our country but continue to serve the community they live in. They volunteer for the Senior Corps Program and will be receiving the Presidents Lifetime Volunteer Service Award.
There is the Foster Grandparent Program which Ray has been volunteering with for about two years. He works with 2nd and 3rd graders at Rossman Elementary school. One thing Ray says is that school has changed a lot since he was in and it's nice learning the changes. Ray lost his vision in one eye and decided to volunteer instead of staying home and feeling sorry for himself. The Southeast Wyoming Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by Peak Wellness.
There is the Senior Companion which is what Lou Lopez volunteers for focuses on care for the elderly. Lou got involved 8 years ago and his late wife was a reason he decided to join. Margaret Lopez had Alzheimer's and had the experience of having a companion of her own. Lou says this has been the most rewarding experience he has had. The Wyoming Companion Program is sponsored by Wyoming Senior Citizens.
Through the service of 143 Foster Grandparent Volunteers who serve at-risk youth, 750 k-12 students demonstrated improved academic performance in math and/or reading. 8 veterans currently serve through this program impacting 100 children.
With the Senior Companion volunteers 1,385 clients receive support and companionship and 29 veterans are currently serving through this program allowing 154 clients to remain independent and in their own homes.
With the service of 363 RSVP volunteers trained RSVP volunteers led 110 individuals suffering from chronic disease through a 6-week Stanford University Chronis Disease self-management course, giving them the ability to better mange their illnesses and develop a peer network for continued support.
Wyoming Senior Corps Projects is looking for volunteers you must be 55 and up and served in the military.
For more information on these programs and what it means to be a volunteer check out the interview from the morning show.