Approximately 105 Foster Grandparents serve at 43 Volunteer Stations
The Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provide older Americans the opportunity to put their life experiences to work for local communities. Foster Grandparents serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for at-risk children and youth with special needs through a variety of community organizations, including public schools, Head Start centers, non-profit day-care centers and after-school programs.
Eligibility – The Foster Grandparents Program is open to people age 55 and over who meet the income guidelines. All applicants undergo a background check, a physical exam, as well as pre-service and in-service training.
Volunteers – Foster Grandparents can serve 15 to 40 hours each week. For their service, Foster Grandparents receive a stipend of $2.65 an hour (tax free) to help defray the cost of volunteering. In addition, Foster Grandparents receive travel reimbursement, a meal, a free annual physical exam, and supplemental insurance while serving. Foster Grandparents are also recognized, throughout the year, for their service to the community.
Funding – The Foster Grandparent Program of Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, and Edgefield counties is sponsored locally by Aiken/Barnwell Counties Community Action Agency, Inc. and is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. An in-kind match is required through contributions and donations of goods and services.
Foster Grandparent Program Director: Toni Brunson | 803-648-6836 ext. 227
Foster Grandparent Program Asst.: Dana Caines | 803-648-6836 ext. 226
P.O. Box 2066
Aiken, SC 29802