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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut names 'Volunteer of the Year'

The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut recently announced that AmeriCorps member of AARP Experience Corps-Greater New Haven tutor Vivian Kaplan was named Partner Program Volunteer of the Year by AARP Connecticut.
The announcement was made at the agency's annual Volunteer & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon, according to a statement.
AASCC Experience Corps Manager Sheila Greenstein said, also in the statement, that Kaplan has been an AmericaCorps member of AARP Experience Corps since 2009. Kaplan tutors students in literacy at Shepherd Glen Elementary School in Hamden for 10-12 hours a week, the statement said. 
"Vivian is a caring and dedicated tutor who goes out of her way to help her students succeed," Greenstein said, in the statement. "She generously gives of her time during the school year and summer, including co-leading a weekly summer story time for young children at the Hamden Library, and she participates in numerous literacy-oriented community events throughout the year. Her commitment to her students is evident, and they thrive with her support and encouragement.”
“Vivian also inspires her fellow tutors with her caring and generous spirit. She provides valuable guidance and support, and she is always willing to lend a helping hand. She finds joy in all she does and brings that same joy to others. Her positive attitude and dedication have made her a tremendous asset to Experience Corps and a role model for others in her community.”
Experience Corps-Greater New Haven members began working withkindergarten through third grade students in Hamden in 2007, and the program now includes nine Hamden public schools, the statement said. 
"The highly successful program will be replicated shortly in three New Haven public elementary schools, and ECGNH is currently seeking older adults 55+ to serve as literacy tutors to students in grades K-2. Training and a small stipend are provided."
 For additional information, please call (203) 752-3059, Ext. 2900 or email volunteer@aoapartnerships.org.
AARP Experience Corps-Greater New Haven is a proud member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network.
Also from the statement: "The Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AASCC), located in New Haven, serves older adults, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers in the greater New Haven area and lower Naugatuck Valley. Our mission is to empower adults to remain as independent and engaged as possible within their communities through advocacy, information, and services.

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed. In photo: L to R Sheila Greenstein, Vivian Kaplan, AARP Connecticut Executive Council Member Bryce Rathbone.

 

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