The Foster Grandparent Program offers opportunities for adults, age 55 and older, to serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for children and youth with special needs.
Foster Grandparents work in designated volunteer agencies in public and private non-profit organizations which include schools, hospitals, juvenile centers, Head Start classes, and community shelters.
Individuals who qualify to volunteer as a Foster Grandparent are low-income seniors who are able to volunteer at least four hours a day, five days a week.
Foster Grandparents receive a modest, tax-free stipend for their volunteer work, reimbursement for travel, meals associated with their assignment, annual physical exams as well as accident and liability insurance coverage while on duty.
The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more than 35 years, Foster Grandparents have served communities nationwide reaching more than 80,000 children and teens every year through their love and support.
Locally, the Richmond Foster Grandparent Program has grown to 70 volunteers who serve in more than 35 agencies.
If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent, or would like addititional information, please contact the Foster Grandparent Program at 804-343-3022 or 804-343-3047.