Press Release

Help Families and Individuals Get Back on Their Feet


Contact: Jeffery Maclin
(212) 614-5538 (office)
(718) 309-2346 (cell)

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 April 7, 2015. Upon completion, they are placed in agencies in one of the five boroughs to provide information on government benefits to low-income families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities

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 Edwina Osborne at (212) 614-5412 or Rebecca Haase at (212) 614-5482.

ACES is a program of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Established more than 40 years ago, RSVP’s 3,500 volunteers contribute more than one million hours of service annually at 400 organizations in New York City. RSVP is part of the Community Service Society of New York, a nonprofit organization which advocates on behalf of the poor in the areas of education, affordable housing, health care, and income maintenance. For more information, please visit our website,

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