Foster Grandparent Volunteers are senior’s ages 55 & older that serve as volunteer mentors, tutors, and in some cases caregivers for children and youth with special needs. They serve in community organizations such as schools, hospitals, and youth centers. While volunteering, Foster Grandparents strengthen their community by providing youth services that strained community budgets cannot afford and by building bridges that cross generations. Foster Grandparent Volunteers must meet income eligibility requirements and are encouraged to serve an average of 15 hours per week.
Eligibility: Any man or woman age 55 or over meeting the income standard is eligible for reimbursement (stipend) through the Foster Grandparent Program. Other qualifications include a genuine love of children, an ability to understand directions, a willingness to accept supervision, a readiness to accept training, passing a background check.
Stipend: $2.65/hr the hourly stipend (wage) that the Foster Grandparents receive for their volunteer service with children shall not be subject to taxation or be treated as wages or compensation for certain purposes, including retirement benefits. The Social Security Administration has issued an instruction that stipends are excluded as income in determining how much a volunteer will receive in his/her retirement fund check.
The law also provides that payments a volunteer receives are not counted in figuring his eligibility for Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low income housing or any other federal program that bases the eligibility on income.
Transportation: Foster Grandparents will receive mileage reimbursement for travel to and from assignments, program activities, in service orientation, and recognition events, as funds are available. The rate of reimbursement is $.25 per mile (with a $50.00 monthly cap due to limited funding).
Vacation: Foster Grandparents earn (or accrue) one-day