St. Louis, MO— The Oasis Institute has been awarded a five-year grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) for $3,800,578 annually ($19.7 million over 5 years) to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps.
In partnership with the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4A) and Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare, The Oasis Institute will foster the development of innovative models in which volunteers assist family caregivers, older adults and/or people with disabilities with non-medical care in order to maintain their independence. Oasis will serve as the administrator of the project, awarding grants to communities nationwide.
“This is a unique opportunity for Oasis to embrace a new role on the national stage as a grant maker for innovative caregiving projects,” said Paul Weiss, president of The Oasis Institute. “As a pioneer in healthy aging for more than 35 years, we recognize caregiving as a challenge that impacts families in ways that can limit quality of life tremendously. We are excited to be partnering with some of the most knowledgeable organizations in this sector to encourage creative approaches that can improve the lives of those who find themselves in the position of providing ongoing care for loved ones.”
Oasis will disseminate an RFP through multiple channels in late 2019, with anticipated grant announcements for the first year of funded pilot programs to be announced in Spring 2020. National Volunteer Care Corps programs that are selected for funding during the five-year granting period will be implemented and evaluated, with a menu of best practices to be developed and shared nationally.
“Volunteers have long played a key role in the reach and success of programs and services supported by the aging and disability networks,” said Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Administration for Community Living. “ACL is pleased to have this opportunity to further strengthen the important role of volunteers and looks forward to working with the Oasis Institute and its partners to achieve this goal.”
About The Oasis Institute
Oasis is a national education organization that promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and service. Oasis programs reach a broad audience in more than 250 communities through nine education centers and a national network of over 700 partners in 22 states. For more information, visit www.oasisnet.org.
About Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was created around the fundamental principle that all people, regardless of age or disability, should be able to live independently and fully participate in their communities. The agency advocates across the federal government for older adults, people with disabilities, families and caregivers; funds services and supports provided primarily by networks of community-based organizations; and invests in training, education, research and innovation to help make this principle a reality for millions of Americans. ACL was initially established in April 2012, bringing together federal advocacy for older adults and people with disabilities, along with most federal human services programs for older adults and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, missions previously housed in multiple organizations across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.acl.gov.
About Caregiver Action Network
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers across the country free of charge. For more information, visit www.caregiveraction.org.
About the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501c (3) membership association that represents America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and provides a voice in the nation’s capital for the more than 250 Title VI Native American aging programs. Members have a 50+ year history of connecting older adults and their caregivers to services and supports in every community in the country through the delivery of a broad range of Older Americans Act programs, including the National Family Caregiver Support Program. For more information, visit www.n4a.org.
Altarum is a nonprofit research and consulting organization that creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly insured populations. Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare develops catalytic strategies and programs to help older adults with disabilities get what they want and need in frail old age at an affordable cost. For more information, visit www.altarum.org.