Foster Grandparents: Volunteer & Get Involved!

The Foster Grandparent Program of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. is expanding its outreach efforts and is interested in attracting additional volunteers. This program provides valuable assistance to children with special and exceptional needs in an academic setting.  The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people throughout the six counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange.  This program is funded primarily by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Additional funding is provided by the New York State Office for Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

The Foster Grandparent volunteers are low-income senior citizens who must be a minimum of 55 years of age.  They volunteer from 15 to 35 hours weekly and receive a tax-free hourly stipend as well as 48 days of paid time off including sick days .  Additionally they are provided mileage reimbursement. Volunteer liability insurance, and an annual Recognition Luncheon honoring their service to the community.

Currently the Foster Grandparent program has over 200 seniors serving hundreds of children in numerous Head Start centers, elementary schools, and day care centers throughout many different cities and towns.

Nationally there are nearly 30,000 Foster Grandparents serving in 341 local projects.  These participants provide service to more than 284,000 children with special and exceptional needs.  The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

President Obama believes that we, as Americans, have a responsibility to help our communities and fellow citizens.  In summoning a new spirit of service, he is calling on us to make an enduring commitment to our neighborhoods.

Sign up today and share your love, time and experience.  You have the power to help a child who needs you!!! If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer or just need more information, please call 914-592-5600 ext. 114 or email rbahr@westcop.org.