Nonprofit Worker Leads Petition Drive for ‘Caregiver Corps’

A senior writer for a nonprofit public-health research group has launched a campaign to enlist White House support for establishing a national corps of volunteer to care for the elderly, The New York Times writes in its elder-care blog, The New Old Age.

Using the petition function at the White House’s “We the People” Web site, Janice Lynch Schuster of the Altarum Institute is seeking signatures on behalf of a “Caregiver Corps” that would offer tuition credit or student-loan debt forgiveness for participants.

The organization would require a two-year commitment, similarly to Teach for America and the Peace Corps, but unlike its models would allow members participants to remain in their own communities. Ms. Schuster is seeking 100,000 signatures—the threshold at which the White House has pledged to respond to petitions at the site—by April 5.

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