SECTION 1. Section 40 of chapter 19A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following section:
Section 41. The secretary shall, subject to appropriation or the receipt of gifts, grants, and awards from any public or private entity pursuant to section 7 of chapter 19A, establish a statewide “Adopt-A-Senior” volunteer program for the purpose of assisting seniors with snow removal, property or home maintenance services. The department shall have the power to adopt rules and regulations to administer this program which shall include, but not be limited to: (1) coordinating among agencies of the commonwealth and other organizations using community service and volunteerism as a strategy to assist with this program; (2) establishing a registry and registration of volunteer personnel who are available to provide services; (3) establishing procedures for matching and placing individuals with seniors; (4) encouraging the corporate community of the commonwealth to become an active partner in the support, advocacy and promotion of community service and volunteerism relative to this program; and (5) establishing a system of volunteer incentives to assist with recruiting and registration of volunteers.
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