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Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program grants organizations with a dual purpose: to engage Americans 55 years and older in volunteer service and to provide one-on-one support to children with special needs to improve their academic, social, or emotional development. The volunteers in this program help children learn to read and provide one-on-one tutoring; mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers; care for premature infants or children with disabilities, and help children who have been abused or neglected.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Foster Grandparents!

Happy 50th Anniversary, Foster Grandparents!

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Foster grandparents volunteer and share their love at schools

Foster grandparents volunteer and share their love at schools

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Foster Grandparents Help Kids Learn English

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Foster Grandparents Change Lives

Our volunteers aid in helping at-risk youth academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Americorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program pairs income-eligible seniors with our communities' most in-need kids aged 0 to 18. Our program serves Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Alexander, and Catawba counties. Our volunteers serve in the public school systems, at private or charter schools, in daycare classrooms, in afterschool programs, and at Head Start centers. 

Connection

Our program provides connection for our seniors, and connects them to their community through meaningful service. Our programhelps provide purpose to many retired and disabled seniors.

Positive Impact

By assisting our community's most vulnerable children, Foster Grandparents make a meaningful difference in the lives of children with disabilities and delays, who are born to teen parents, who have incarcerated parents, who are in foster care, and more. 

Mentorship

Volunteers mentor children and help become a source of comfort. Foster Grandparents provide direction, care, and support to teachers and students alike. 

FGP Volunteers Receive:

  • A non-taxable monthly stipend that does NOT affect Social Security payments, Medicare/Medicaid, SNAP, or subsidized housing
     

  • Paid time off, holidays, and specialized training opportunities
     

  • Transportation reimbursement (mileage reimbursement or bus ticket purchasing)
     

  • Recognition, certifications, and participation in special events

Is your school, childcare center, or afterschool program interested in having your own Foster Grandparent?

Our program serves Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Catawba, and Alexander counties. We are always looking for more community partners to become Volunteer Stations! There is no cost associated with having volunteers participate at your location. 

Please contact Brittany Correa at bcorrea@brcainc.org to learn more about becoming a host site for the Foster Grandparent Program.