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 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, Foster Grandparent volunteers serve throughout Kalamazoo County and thrive on direct interaction with children. They believe that they can make a difference in the lives of children and are able to serve children directly one-on-one, 15 hours per week – typically 4 hours per day Monday through Friday. Volunteers are required to be 55+ or better and must meet certain income eligibility guidelines.
Foster Grandparents provide:
Young individuals the attention they might not otherwise receive
Confidence from your faith in them
Enhanced success in school
The life skills individuals need to lead productive and successful lives
The life-changing opportunity to know the consistent love of a Foster Grandparent.
Benefits of becoming a Foster Grandparent:
The joy of knowing you’re making a difference for children.
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
Monthly training sessions