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Tulsa wins funding to help address issue of poverty among older adults

Posted at 11:33 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:39:51-04

TULSA — The City of Tulsa on Wednesday announced that the city has won a competition that will award funding which will go toward helping out older adults who are dealing with poverty.

Cities of Service, a nonprofit organization that helps mayors build stronger cities, alongside the AARP, will work with Tulsa, which received a $25,000 from the competition, to develop volunteering initiatives that address public problems. Citizen volunteers will provide workshops and coaching for older adults with limited incomes to increase self-employment skills and opportunities.

“We are grateful for the opportunity Cities of Service is providing to engage all Tulsans and further our commitment to older residents in ways that impact their financial security by leveraging the skills of experienced community members in assisting others,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum.

Tulsa will also receive two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members based in city hall, who will raise awareness for initiatives. AARP will help provide support in recruitment of AmeriCorps members.

“AARP Oklahoma is pleased to work with the city of Tulsa to help achieve the goals laid out in the Cities of Service Experience Matters program,” said Joe Ann Vermillion, State President for AARP Oklahoma “We know how much experience, expertise and commitment 50+ volunteers bring to the table and think this program presents a great opportunity to engage older adults to make an impact
in Tulsa.”

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