Senior adults are needed as Foster Grandparents to help plant the seeds of the future in the lives of children today. The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors, age 55 and older, opportunities to serve one-on-one as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for children and youth with special needs or who are at-risk. Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools, Head Start and day care centers.

Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free stipend (around $200 monthly), assistance with transportation costs, meals during service, free annual physical examination, three weeks paid vacation, holiday and sick leave, and accident and liability insurance while volunteering. To volunteer, foster grandparents must meet income eligibility requirements, be willing to devote 20 hours a week to service, and, of course, possess the love and desire to help children.

If you’d like more information on the Foster Grandparent Program and how to make a change in the life a child, contact Stacy Friesland at (828) 251-6622.

The Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded program through the Corporation of National and Community Service that provides opportunities for seniors to impact the lives of children in their community. FGP is funded for Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.

-Press release from Land-of-Sky Regional Council, shared May 10.

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