Foster Grandparent Program:
Kalamazoo County Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program Volunteers share highlights of their service with Kari Sederburg. Director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging in Lansing on Friday, April 18, 2014
Foster Grandparents devote their volunteer service to one population: children with special or exceptional needs. Across the country, Foster Grandparents are offering emotional support to child victims of abuse and neglect, tutoring children who lag behind in reading, mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers, and caring for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illnesses.
Foster Grandparent Volunteers:
* Thrive on direct interaction with children
* Believe that they can make a difference in the lives of children
* Serve children directly: one-on-one, hands-on service
* Serve 15 hours a week – usually 4 hours a day Monday through Friday
* Are 55 years of age or older
* Meet certain income eligibility guidelines
* Receive modest tax free stipends to offset the cost of volunteering
* Receive reimbursement for transportation, some meals during service, an
annual physical, accident and liability insurance while on duty
* Pre-service and monthly training sessions
As a Foster Grandparent, you’ll receive:
* Pre-service orientation and monthly training
* An annual physical examination
* Supplemental insurance
* A small stipend for those who qualify
* Help with meal and transportation costs
* The joy of knowing you’re making a difference for children.
Children in Need Benefit.
Children who need Foster Grandparents gain:
* The individual attention they might not otherwise receive;
* Confidence from your faith in them;
* Tutoring to help them succeed in school;
* The advice and life skills they need to lead productive lives; and
* The life-changing opportunity to know the consistent love of a Foster Grandparent.
Foster Grandparents give their experience and their talent to improve the lives of children in need. Foster Grandparents help children develop the skills, confidence, and strength to succeed in life. Foster Grandparents make their neighborhoods stronger by helping children with special needs achieve their goals. Currently, FGP volunteers serve throughout Kalamazoo County.
Please feel free to call Karen Betley, FGP Director, at (269) 382-0515 for more information or to become and FGP volunteer. You can also send an email to Karen by clicking HERE