The Foster Grandparent Program is one of three Senior Corps Volunteer programs sponsored by The Corporation for National and Community Service: Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companions and RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). It was established in 1965 and is the oldest of the three Senior Corps programs. The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors with limited incomes, the opportunity to provide personal one-on-one services to children with exceptional or special needs. When you share your love, time and experience you have the power to help a child who needs you. If you are aged 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion with a child, consider being a Foster Grandparent volunteer.
To be eligible for the Foster Grandparent Program you must be 55 years of age or older. In return for your service Foster Grandparents receive accident and liability insurance, meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation and monthly training. Individuals that meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend.
The Cleveland Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by East End Neighborhood House, one of the oldest settlement houses in the City of Cleveland. East End was founded in 1907 and has evolved over time to meet the needs of the community it serves. It utilizes a holistic approach to support individual, family and community needs through senior services, child day care, computer training, adult employment, Alcoholics Anonymous, transportation services and intergenerational as well as youth and family programming. East End has sponsored the Foster Grandparent Program since 1988.
In fiscal 2007, 29,971 Foster Grandparents served over 284,000 children with special and exceptional needs in 331 projects nationwide. Locally, in fiscal 2011, 92 Foster Grandparents logged in over 90,000 volunteer hours mentoring and tutoring over 600 children with special and exceptional needs at 24 volunteer sites throughout the City of Cleveland and surrounding suburbs.
The program has been recognized for its contributions to the children it serves by the City of Cleveland and its Mayor, Frank Jackson, the Cleveland Municipal School District, the Cuyahoga County Commissioners office, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Call and Post and former Congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Senior Corps is a network of national and community service programs that each year supports the engagement of nearly 500,000 Americans age 55 and older in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also administers AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. The mission of the Corporation is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Together with USA Freedom Corps, the Corporation is working to foster a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in America. For more information visit www.nationalservice.gov.
To learn more about the Cleveland Foster Grandparent Program call 216-707-6012 or 216-707-6005.