Enrich your life while enriching the lives of others. AmeriCorps Senior volunteers who serve in the Foster Grandparent program provide the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on a path to a successful future. Volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.
What is a Foster Grandparent?
Foster Grandparents serve in area pre-K and elementary schools, assisting teachers by mentoring and tutoring children. The Program connects senior role models with youth, enriching the academic and social life of the children while also providing seniors with renewed activity and purpose in their own lives.
What are the Requirements?
- Be at least 55 years of age
- Love children and want to assist in their learning
- Be income eligible (most people are)
- Pass all background checks
- Be willing to commit at least 15 hours per week to helping in the classroom
What are the Benefits?
- A tax-free stipend
- Annual Physical
- Reimbursed mileage
- Training and special events shared with your peers
- The chance to make a difference in the life of a child
How Can I Join?
- Call Tara Stinson, Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator at (989) 797-6897 or (989) 797-6898
- A convenient interview & background check will be arranged
- 20 hour training sessions in small group; Volunteers are placed in their new school*
*NOTE – As a new program, Senior Corps is currently seeking schools in the Midland area for our volunteers to serve. There may be delays as we seek to match volunteers with schools. Thank you for your patience. The Foster Grandparent program is run by the Saginaw County Commission on Aging and is expanding to Midland under their auspices.