Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends for children and youth with special needs in schools, child care centers, community organizations, Head Start programs and hospitals. They offer one on one tutoring and guidance to help students succeed in school and reach their full potential. Foster Grandparents are 55 years of age or older and live on a modest income. They receive a tax free stipend for their volunteer service and mileage reimbursement. They also receive meals, supplemental accident insurance and training. The national program is operated by Senior Corps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Volunteers work between 15-40 hours each week, one-on-one with at-risk children in classrooms and after school and childcare settings throughout the county. They share their love and wisdom by teaching children new skills, playing games and reading together, mentoring young mothers, and assisting with school and childcare tasks. They also provide respite care for children in need and support their families. This program is supported by state and federal funds. Volunteers receive a non-taxable hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement, meals, supplemental accident insurance, and monthly specialized training. They are also required to complete a background check and satisfy a physical examination. Foster Grandparent volunteers are not considered employees and cannot be used to determine eligibility for subsidized housing, food stamps or Medicaid. Interested individuals should contact the local program to learn more. This is a great way to make a difference and remain active in the community! Finally, learn more about Tutor Hunt which provides great tutoring options.