The Foster Grandparent Program is a program with a heartfelt purpose. It provides an opportunity for senior men and women to interact with children through active involvement at locations such as non-profit daycare centers, Head Start, state-supported facilities, public and private schools and home settings. The "Grandparents" serve youth with exceptional and special needs.
Any successful program involving human interaction has specific goals. The main purpose of FGP is to serve children and to support the work of teachers and child care providers. Volunteers also add a note of informality and intimacy to the site location. For more information about this program nationally, go to www.NationalService.Gov.
- Men and women, 55 years of age and over.
- Retired, no longer in the work force.
- Capable to serve assigned children on a personal and regular basis.
- Physically able, as determined by a required physical examination, prior to the assignment and annually thereafter.
- Willing to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a week.
- Willing to accept supervision as needed.
- If income eligible, volunteers receive a stipend at the rate of $2.65 per hour.
- One hot, nutritious meal is provided at most site locations.
- Transportation or mileage reimbursement
- Physical examination.
- Accident and liability insurance.
- Paid time off and 12 paid holidays a year .
- Orientation and in-service training program.
- Information and referral service.
- Annual recognition program.
- Foster Grandparent and children play games, talk, listen, read and eat together.
- Foster Grandparent lends support to learning and therapy.
- Activities between the Foster Grandparent and children are developed for a one-on-one relationship.