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Larson, Blumenthal, Murphy, & Courtney Announce New Funding for Foster Grandparent Program

September 2, 2016
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today,  Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that Nutmeg Big Brothers/Sister Inc. in Hartford was awarded $276,720 as part of the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program. The grant will allow continued investments in the program in Norwich, New London, Windham, and Willimantic, where communities were in danger of losing out on services due to funding shortfalls, with a possible expansion to other towns in the future. Volunteers with the Foster Grandparent Program mentor teenagers and children, provide one-on-one tutoring, care for premature infants or children with disabilities, and help children suffering from abuse or neglect.

“Our seniors have so much to offer our communities—especially our children,” said the delegation. “Their time, insight, and compassion are valuable resources for children in difficult circumstances who need a role model or simply a friend. We are proud to see the Foster Grandparent Program continue in Connecticut and prepare economically disadvantaged children achieve better outcomes in school. This is just one example of how national and community services enriches all our lives.”

This summer, Larson and Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) introduced America’s Call to Improve Opportunities Now (ACTION) for National Service Act to provide more national and community service opportunities across the nation. ACTION currently has over 100 cosponsors in the House.