Foster Grandparents are income-eligible seniors, age 55 or older, who volunteer about 20 hours per week at schools, day care centers, Head Start sites and summer programs throughout Broome County.
Foster Grandparents provide the love, support and extra attention some children need to succeed. They work directly with children: talking, listening, reading stories and helping with academic work. The activities they engage in depend on the ages of the children and their needs. Some Foster Grandparents feed and rock infants. Others work with older children reinforcing lessons taught by teachers and acting as a role model of appropriate behavior.
Foster Grandparents receive:
Note: the stipend (pay) is non-taxable, non-reportable income that does not affect eligibility for other programs and services.
The Foster Grandparent Program is designed to:
Because it's an opportunity to do truly rewarding work. As one Foster Grandparent recently said:
“Initially I was interested because I needed to supplement my income, but after I started I fell in love with the children. I feel loved, appreciated, needed, and missed when I'm not there. I feel I have the opportunity to give love and approval to children who really need it.”
The Foster Grandparent Program is a national program originally created in 1965. Broome County has operated the local Foster Grandparent Program since 1972. The program promotes public awareness of the value of volunteer service and highlights the tremendous contribution older persons can make in solving community problems.
For more information, call 607-778-2089.
Funds provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, New York State Office for Aging, and Broome County Office for Aging.
Photos courtesy of CNCS Photo Office
Find out more about Foster Grandparent Programs across the nation: CNCS Senior Service Corps
Find out about other volunteer opportunities with the Office for Aging or in the community.