What Foster Grandparent Volunteers Do:

The Foster Grandparent Program engages adults age 55 and over in intensive volunteerism as tutors and mentors for children and youth with exceptional needs.  They serve in local, elementary school classrooms, providing extra attention for children who need it the most.  They also serve in alternative high school settings, ready to help at risk youth learn and be successful.

Help guide students to higher academic achievement. Care for premature infants or children with disabilities. Mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers. The Foster Grandparent program connects role models like you with young people with exceptional needs.

Foster Grandparents serve from 5-40 hours per week and a minimum of 260 hours per year per volunteer.  The program provides a small tax-free stipend of $4.00 per hour as an enabler to volunteer. Volunteers also receive a token reimbursement for travel and other related benefits.

No formal experience in tutoring or mentoring is required.  The pre-service orientation and training is provided by NCO Volunteer Network. 

Click here to visit the Foster Grandparent Program's official website.


You’ll forge new relationships with people in your community and make a significant difference in the lives of others.

AmeriCorps Seniors service also provides tangible benefits for volunteers. The Foster Grandparent program offers modest stipends to eligible volunteers to help offset the costs of volunteering. Other benefits include training and insurance.

Enrich your life while enriching the lives of others. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who serve with in the Foster Grandparent program provide the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on a path to a successful future. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.

Eligibility Requirements:

To serve in AmeriCorps Seniors programs you must be:


This Program is available in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties! 

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