Fredericton's 'Prime Time Volunteer' project receives federal funding

Two committees in Fredericton are receiving federal funding for a unique collaboration aimed at seniors.

Fredericton MP Matt Decourcey announced Friday that the city's Age-Friendly Community Advisory Committee and Volunteer Greater Fredericton are getting $24,800 for the "Prime Time Volunteer" project.

Officials say the idea is to increase the rate of volunteerism among boomers and seniors in the greater Fredericton area.

"The focus will be on recruiting talented boomers and seniors to support agencies and non-profits working deliver valuable services aimed at enhancing the quality of life in the community," Decourcey said in a news release.

Coun. Eric Megarity, who chairs the advisory committee, said last July that they hope to have a workshop and volunteer fair to match non-profit organizations with seniors wanting to volunteer.

According to Friday's announcement, a workshop and recruitment fair will take place this October.

The funding will also be used to create an online matching platform to facilitate volunteer placements, and to support one-on-one coaching and matching services over 12 months.

Research conducted by Volunteer Canada indicates that becoming engaged as a volunteer can improve a person’s physical, emotional and cognitive health, reduce social isolation and feelings of insecurity, and increase social inclusion, social support and civic engagement.