FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM
Coastline’s Foster Grandparent Program, which has been in existence for more than 35 years, is part of the Senior Corps network of programs. Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts.
Coastline’s Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program offers volunteers, 55 years and older, and who meet income and criminal history eligibility requirements, the opportunity to assist in a classroom with children enrolled in educational programs, such as elementary schools, preschools, head starts, and other youth-based organizations. The students and teachers both benefit from the wisdom and experience of the Foster Grandparent volunteer as they work one-on-one and in small groups with children, focusing on literacy and academics, communication, and social skills which are needed to help a child succeed. This program provides a way for volunteers to stay active by serving children in their communities.
The Foster Grandparents volunteer a minimum of 15 hours each week. Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a small tax-free stipend* for their time and commitment, while benefiting from the impact they make in a child’s life on a daily basis.
For information on how you can stay active by assisting children in your community, contact Coastline’s Foster Grandparent program, at 508-742-9198 or 508-742-9124. View our PSA about the program by clicking here.
For additional information on Senior Corps programs, visit NationalService.gov.
*This stipend is not counted as income and will not affect most benefits including housing. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service & the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs