Coastal Regional Commission
Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging (AAA) requests $80,072 to recruit, train, and effectively engage 300 RSVP volunteers in partner Adult Protective Services (APS), Senior Center sites and non-for-profit legal service agencies in Bacon, Charlton, Pierce, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties. We anticipate 12 volunteer stations and to supplement the funding initially at $8,897. Addressing the shortfall in state elder abuse funding, and increased need for elder abuse victim support identified in our region through state reporting, we will be utilizing the volunteer based Reno, Nevada Special Advocates for Elders (SAFE) program guidelines to assist the success of elder abuse case workers on addressing cases faster and more efficient. Volunteers will be trained at various levels to become SAFE volunteers who will assist APS, AAA staff, and contract sites, in identifying, educating, and assisting elders and adults with disabilities who fall victim to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Coastal AAA mission is to foster the development of a comprehensive coordinated system of services which promotes the independence and well-being of coastal area older adults and those with disabilities, and to provide these individuals and their caregivers with information and access to needed services. Our focus area is Healthy Futures that will provide volunteer service activities to strengthen the Adult Protective Services program by delivering independent living services to seniors and disabled adults, elder abuse and neglect assistance, and respite care and support as their cases travel through the criminal justice system.