The AmeriCorps Seniors Professional Network is a vital component of the national service landscape. Since 1971, ASPN (then NAFGPD) has provided education, advocacy, and technical support for AmeriCorps Seniors program directors across our country and for Foster Grandparent volunteers serving in those directors' programs. With much enthusiasm, ASPN now serves Senior Companion programs, a welcomed addition to an already incredible membership portfolio.
As an advocate for AmeriCorps Seniors programs throughout the country, ASPN brings one voice to D.C. to educate Congress about the work of our ‘boots on the ground’ programs. Besides being the connection between those who set the national service budgets and those in the field, ASPN also has a positive working relationship with the AmeriCorps National staff who oversee the programs. Our presence in DC is amplified by contracting with a skilled D.C. advocate who provides legislative insight and timely congressional updates.
In addition to advocacy, ASPN offers members connections and resources. With a successful and active listserve available to share ideas, concerns, and success stories, ASPN also provides tools to help grantees educate legislators about volunteer efforts. In the past few years, we have also been able to offer exclusive and commemorative volunteer recognition items.
From our President
“ASPN was a tremendous resource to me as a brand new director, and it was through the membership network that I learned best practices and program ideas, an unmatched benefit to anyone managing national programs. Now, as President of ASPN, I truly know the valuable work that this association provides to those managing AmeriCorps Seniors programs. A rich national service landscape is one that involves the depth of experience seniors can provide, and I am proud of the work AmeriCorps Seniors Professional Network does in reverence to this vision.”
Josie Fliger, ASPN President