BECOME A FOSTER GRANDPARENT
Ask a Foster Grandparent why they volunteer and you'll often hear: 'My spouse passed away, and I realized I needed to get out of the house and do something', or 'My grandkids live so far away and I really miss having that energy in my life,' or 'I realized that just because I'm a senior, it doesn't mean that I still can't make a difference.'
If this sounds similar to your story, give us a call!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a modest stipend intended to offset the cost of volunteering. Other benefits include mileage reimbursement, paid time off, and supplemental volunteer insurance. Additionally, Foster Grandparents reap the benefits of being a member of a community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children, experiencing fellowship in gathering with other Foster Grandparents, and OF COURSE- being loved by the children they serve.Volunteering as a AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent also has physical and emotional benefits!
WHAT IS MY COMMITMENT?
Foster Grandparents must commit to 15 to 20 hours per week, 4 hours of training once per month, and a have a desire to make a difference in the life of children who need them.
DO I QUALIFY?
If you're 55 or better, meet specific income guidelines and agree to a thorough criminal history background check, you qualify to be a Foster Grandparent!
Q: Will I get to choose my schedule?
You and your site will create a schedule that works best for you.
Q: Will I take care of children in my home?
No. Foster Grandparents serve in institutional settings only, and always under direct supervision. Foster Grandparents are never alone with children.
Q: What age will I work with?
Whatever age you feel most comfortable with! We also try to place you at a site closest to your home.
Q: Do I get summers off?
Foster Grandparents get all school breaks off. If you are interested in summer service, however, we do our best to find you a placement.
Q: Do I need teaching experience?
No. As long as you have a sincere desire to help children, we will train you.
AMERICORPS SENIOR PLEDGE
I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.
When faced with a pressing challenge, I will bring Americans of all generations together to strengthen our communities.
When faced with children at risk, I will help them stay in school and on track for a brighter future.
When faced with older adults in need, I will provide support and compassion so they may age with grace and dignity.
Working for the greatest good, I will use my lifetime of experiences to improve my country, my community, and myself through service.
I am an AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent volunteer, and I will get things done.