Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.
Serve as a volunteer tutor at local schools, Head Start center, or after-school and summer programs. Receive a tax-exempt hourly stipend, lunch, and mileage reimbursements. These will not affect other benefits you receive.
- 55 years of age or older
- Have limited income
- Able to volunteer at least 15 hours per week
Previous experience in education is not required. Ongoing training and support will be provided.
Make a difference in the lives of children
Volunteers serve at dozens of local organizations. Their duties include:
- Helping children learn to read and providing one-on-one tutoring
- Mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers
- Caring for premature infants or children with disabilities
- Helping children who have been abused or neglected
All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.
Make new friends, have fun, and stay active in your community!
When you volunteer, you're not just helping others. You're helping yourself! Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends.
Older Americans who volunteer frequently live longer and report better health as well.
Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.
Foster Grandparents serve from 20 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, after-school programs, daycare facilities, or Head Start centers in all 13 counties served by SCHRA. Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you will serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance, mileage/travel cost assistance and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.
For additional information, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) website.
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