There is no greater reward than to help children. The benefits are immeasurable. Dr. Piper Center’s Foster Grandparents program connects senior volunteers with at-risk kids. The grandparents bring openness and sensitivity to the challenges of helping troubled children. They enrich the lives of the children they mentor, while profoundly enriching their own lives. They restore and reinforce a sense of community and family values with the children.
Serving 20 hours per week, Foster Grandparents volunteers receive a modest, tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, hot meals (where available), accident and liability insurance, and an annual physical exam. More than 150 Foster Grandparents serve special needs and at-risk children, giving more than 110,000 hours of volunteer service annually.
The Foster Grandparents Program provides a unique service built on the natural bond between young and old. Many of the children in this program are survivors of abuse, neglect, chemical dependency, illiteracy, disability, and other challenges. Our volunteer grandparents share their love, wisdom and experience, bridging the gap between these generations.
The program needs your help. There are more children than ever in need of assistance and encouragement or maybe just a friendly smile. If you want to give of your experience and your heart. Please click on the button below.
The Foster Grandparents program is a unique, multigenerational opportunity for community involvement. Our Foster grandparents are senior volunteers who enrich the lives of at-risk and special needs children by sharing love, experience, and wisdom.
This program gives our senior volunteers a renewed sense of purpose, while helping troubled children develop skills, confidence, and strength of character.
Foster Grandparents are asked to provide 20 hours of volunteer service per week. Volunteers who meet income and eligibility requirements receive a modest, tax-free stipend, a transportation allowance, and an annual physical exam.
The Dr. Piper Center is a proud local sponsor of the Senior Corps Foster Grandparents Program. Senior Corps is a network of national service programs for Americans 55 years and older, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Senior Corps volunteers commit their time to address critical community needs including academic tutoring and mentoring, elderly care, disaster relief support, and more.