Senior Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Corps Foster Grandparents

The foster grandparent program provides an opportunity for older men and women to interact with children through active involvement at locations such as nonprofit day care centers, Head Start, state-supported facilities, public and private schools, and home settings. The “grandparents” serve youth with exceptional and special needs.

Any successful program involving human interaction has specific goals. The main purpose of the foster grandparent program is to serve children and to support the work of teachers and child care providers. Volunteers also add a note of informality and intimacy to the site location. Learn more about this national program.


  • Men and women, age 55 and over.
  • Retired or no longer in the workforce.
  • Capable of serving assigned children on a personal and regular basis.
  • Physically able, as determined by a required physical examination prior to the assignment, and annually thereafter.
  • Willing to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week.
  • Willing to accept supervision as needed.


  • If eligible, volunteers may receive a stipend at the rate of $2.65 per hour.
  • One hot, nutritious meal provided at most site locations.
  • Transportation or mileage reimbursement.
  • A physical exam.
  • Accident and liability insurance.
  • Orientation and in-service training program.
  • Information and referral service.
  • Annual recognition program.


  • Foster grandparents and children play games, talk, listen, read, and eat together.
  • Foster grandparents lend support to learning and therapy.
  • Activities between the foster grandparents and children are developed for a one-on-one relationship.