Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced nearly $78, 000 in new federal funding for Rockland Community College which she’s procured. The funds will support continued operation of a  volunteer program for local seniors which provided 90,000 of volunteer hours of service to Rockland County in 2012.

Lowey, the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that Rockland Community College (RCC) will receive $77, 834 in new federal funding that will allow RCC to continue to sponsor the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Rockland County. “At a time of growing need for critical services and tight budgets at every level of government, today’s announcement is welcome news for Rockland County,” said Lowey. “This new funding means that the hundreds of local seniors who have served their community will be able to continue to help address some of the most pressing challenges in Rockland County.”

“In 2012, more than 600 RSVP volunteers provided approximately 90, 000 hours of volunteer service to 100 non-profit organizations, government offices and proprietary health care facilities, ” said Dr. Cliff Wood, President of Rockland Community College.  “Their enthusiasm, expertise and vitality enhances the capacity of these organizations, which allows them to better serve the neediest citizens of the Rockland community.”

The funds were awarded as part of a competitive grant process overseen by the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency. The new funding is one of 206 RSVP awards provided to volunteer organizations across the country to support senior volunteer activities in areas ranging from disaster services to education, and veterans and military families.

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