(Washington, DC - September 4, 2002) - Marriott Senior Living Services is participating in the nationwide observance of National Assisted Living Week, September 8-14, 2002. Assisted living is the fastest growing segment of senior housing, specifically designed for people who require some help with daily activities while maintaining their independence. In the spirit of National Assisted Living Week, residents of more than 150 Marriott senior living communities throughout the country continue their volunteer efforts with Senior Corps.
Working with local Senior Corps projects, many Marriott residents are volunteering their time and talents to meet a variety of needs in their local communities. For example, one community packs sack lunches for area homeless shelters. Several residents from another community serve as volunteer staff at a local natural history museum. Other resident projects include knitting “preemie” hats for hospitals, packaging first aid kits for rescue workers and organizing blood drives to boost supplies at local blood banks.
In June 2002, Marriott Senior Living Services responded to President Bush’s call to America’s seniors to serve their country by aligning with Senior Corps to enlist volunteers and promote volunteer services among the residents of Marriott senior living communities. Marriott Senior Living Services is the first senior living provider to collaborate with Senior Corps on a national level.
Senior Corps, a part of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, engages Americans ages 55 and over in service that meets social needs in their communities. More than half a million Americans currently serve through Senior Corps as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions or RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush called for an additional 100,000 senior volunteers to strengthen and rebuild America’s communities as part of his USA Freedom Corps initiative.
“As an assisted living provider, we encourage our residents to remain active and involved. One way to ensure this is through strengthening ties with their communities,” says Jeff Ferguson, executive vice president of Marriott Senior Living Services. “The alliance with Senior Corps has allowed our seniors to use their talents, skills, and years of experience in a productive and helpful way.”
“We are delighted with the eager response we have received from Marriott residents,” says Leslie Lenkowsky, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “These seniors are part of a large and growing Senior Corps that is helping solve problems and meet vital needs across America.”
Marriott Senior Living Services is a division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR). The collaboration with Senior Corps falls under Marriott’s Spirit to Serve Our Communities company-wide effort. In 2001, Spirit to Serve Our Communities generated approximately $4 million in donations and fund raising.
SENIOR CORPS is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. Through its three programs - Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) - more than half a million Americans age 55 and over assist local nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations in carrying out their missions. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that also oversees AmeriaCorps and Learn and Serve America. Together these programs engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year. Senior Corps is a proud part of USA Freedom Corps. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.org.