Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today announced federal grants for two Big Island organizations. The Hawai"i County Office of Aging will receive a $68,254 Senior Corps 2013 RSVP grant to support senior volunteer activities from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail will also receive a $275,000 Department of Transportation grant to improve infrastructure and access to the historic 175-mile trail.
"Empowering and supporting community service leaders of all ages is our responsibility and privilege," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. "Volunteers are the backbone of our communities. The CNCS service grant will allow for our Senior Corps volunteers to continue their great work in serving those in need, and inspiring others to do the same."
"At a time of increased need and declining resources, volunteers age 55 and over continue to step in to fill the gaps," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. "Today, more than ever, communities need the talents and skills of all Americans to help move this nation forward. Senior Corps volunteers are delivering enormous social and economic benefits to our communities and demonstrating that service is good for the nation and those who serve."
The Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail will also receive $275,000 in grant funds to improve infrastructure and access to the historic 175-mile trail by installing road, parking, and trail signs and trail treatments to improve trail user safety.
"Support for the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail will protect cultural and natural resources, and enhance visitors' experiences, while honoring Native Hawaiian culture and the environment. Preservation of the trail will ensure that it will be enjoyed and valued for years to come," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.