Foster Grandparents

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When you share your love, time and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you.

As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor and a friend. Serving at one of thousands of local organizations – including faith-based groups, Head Start centers, schools and other youth facilities – you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

If you’re 55 and over, and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent. It’s that simple. Foster Grandparents serve between 15 and 40 hours per week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. In addition, you’ll receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

Giving back helps you too. When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others – you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

You may call for an appointment to apply to the Foster Grandparent Program by calling Elizabeth James at 452-1447, ext #112 or for more information about how to qualify, contact Torrie Murphy. Qualifying income is 200% of poverty ($23,540 for a family of one or $31,860 for a family of 2. we can take up to 50% of income off for medical deductions.) Must be 55 years of age or older and be willing to volunteer at least 15 hours per week.