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Foster Grandparents

Share Today. Shape Tomorrow

Foster Grandparent Program

Make a difference in the lives of young students through in class tutoring and mentoring as a Foster Grandparent. The Foster Grandparent Program serves a dual purpose in that it provides income-eligible adults, age 55 and older, with meaningful volunteer opportunities, while also meeting critical community needs by serving children with exceptional needs.

The Volunteers of AmeriCorps Foster Grandparent Program helps develop inter-generational bonds by bringing together youth and older adults. Programs are available in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell Counties.


Foster Grandparents volunteer in in Early Childhood Education (Preschools, Head Starts, Educational Childcare), elementary schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other youth facilities. The Foster Grandparent Program focuses on literacy (pre-reading and reading skills) and numeracy (pre-math and math skills) for children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. In return for serving 15 - 40 hours per week Foster Grandparents receive the following benefits:

  • A non-taxable monthly stipend which does not affect Social Security payments, Medicare/Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) or subsidized housing

  • Paid time off, holidays and training

  • Transportation reimbursement

  • Recognition's and special events

We believe:

  • In the dignity and worth of each Foster Grandparent and the children with whom they serve.   

  • It is a privilege to serve as a Foster Grandparent, as a part of a caring community.

  • Foster Grandparents can fill a specific place in children's hearts since children can relate differently to Foster Grandparents than they do to parents and staff.

  • Foster Grandparents are important to the teachers and staff with whom they work because they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.

  • The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for life-long learning. The program provides training, which enhances the skills of the Foster Grandparents to better understand children's needs and to impact their lives personally and academically.

  • The Foster Grandparent Program adds quality to the lives of the Foster Grandparents by providing opportunities for social interaction and companionship while also earning a stipend.

  • Foster Grandparents receive as many benefits as the children with whom they work. By being involved, the Foster Grandparent becomes a healthier, happier person who is motivated, who has a sense of pride which comes from being wanted and useful, and who stays mentally and physically active.

  • Foster Grandparents are part of the solution to society's problems. By offering a positive view of aging, Foster Grandparents can be effective role models for future citizens.


If you, or an older adult you know, loves children, is committed to helping them succeed and would like to get involved with the Foster Grandparent Program please call 828-438-6255 ext. 1115. 

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