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Benefits Counselor - adults 55+ only

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ORGANIZATION: AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City/CSSNY

The Advocacy, Counseling, and Entitlement Services (ACES) Project of the Community Service Society is seeking retired individuals age 55 years or older to serve as volunteer public benefit counselors dedicated to helping financially disadvantaged people. ACES volunteers assist clients with completing applications for public benefits and help correct benefit-related problems.

Volunteers must attend a training that begins on October 3, 2022. Due to the pandemic, the training will be held through webinars. Upon its completion, volunteers will be placed with our partner agencies where they will provide information on government benefits to low-income families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. Most ACES volunteers are working remotely at this time. A personal interview, successful completion of the training, and a commitment of six hours per week for one year of volunteer service is required. Applicants must have advocacy, research, and computer skills, in addition to an interest in assisting low-income populations and learning about public benefit programs. No prior benefit experience is required.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Haase at (212) 614-5482 or email rhaase@cssny.org.

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About AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City/CSSNY

Location:

633 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017, US

Mission Statement

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City was started in 1966 by the Community Service Society (CSS), an over 170-year-old nonprofit agency. CSS's mission is to identify problems which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems. CSS will focus on enabling, empowering and promoting opportunities for poor families and individuals to develop their full potential, to contribute to society, and to realize social, economic, and political opportunities.

Description

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City matches adults 55 and older with meaningful volunteer opportunities at New York City nonprofits. With more than 2,300 volunteers, our program is one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation. There are over 600 of us which operate nationally and many that do so internationally. We match volunteers on the basis of interests and abilities, community needs, geographic convenience, and experience.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations New York, NY 10017

(40.75198,-73.96978)
 

SKILLS

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Internet Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of one year at the conclusion of the ACES training course

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