Foster Grandparent

The gift that lasts a lifetime

The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) provides volunteer opportunities for individuals age 55 and older. These individuals mentor and tutor disadvantaged or disabled youth in a classroom setting, such as daycare centers, Head Start centers, and schools. Volunteers help young people achieve personal independence and self-confidence so that they can learn to overcome their problems and become productive members of society. They help address critical community needs.

Foster Grandparent Volunteers:

•Serve 15 hours a week
•Are 55 years of age or older
•Meet certain income eligibility guidelines
•Receive modest tax-free stipends to offset the cost of volunteering
•Receive reimbursement for transportation, some meals during service, an annual physical, accident and liability insurance while on duty
•Regular training sessions

As a Foster Grandparent Volunteer, you will:

•Know the joy you're making a difference for a child
•Receive the love and admiration of a child
•Experience the respect and support from teachers and peers

Children in Need Benefit from:

•Individual attention and consistent love they might not otherwise receive
•Confidence from your faith in them
•Tutoring to help them succeed in school
•Advice and life skills they need to lead productive lives

Volunteer today

When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

Get involved, and join the Foster Grandparent program. Call: 610-490-1498 or 1-800-416-4504.

Learn More

To view a video about the Foster Grandparent Program in a local elementary school (Highland Park in Upper Darby), click here.

To view a video about the Foster Grandparent Program, here.

To view a CBS News Report about the Foster Grandparent Program, click on the link


Revised 10/9/19