Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparent Program began in 1965 with 800 volunteers in more than 45 institutions. Today, nearly 30,000 volunteers help more than 280,000 children through a nationwide network of organizations.

Foster Grandparents assist children in our community develop the academic and life skills that are critical to their development and future success. They assist children with reading and prepare younger students for school readiness, tackle tough subjects and make decisions that keeps them on the right path. They currently serve in public schools, juvenile detention facilities, Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms and after school programs.

Among their diverse assignments, Foster Grandparents help children who have been abused, neglected, or children who are in circumstances identified as limiting their academic, social, or emotional development.

Our program is open to volunteers 55 and over who can serve between 15-40 hours per week. You don’t need formal experience in tutoring or mentoring. You’ll receive orientation and training from us! This is a federally funded program. Greene Lamp currently has 66 active Foster Grandparents and we are always accepting applications. We also offer a tax-free hourly stipend to help cover the cost for income eligible volunteers.

“I like helping the children learn how to read and spell their names. I also help to teach them how to tie their shoes and respect adults. They keep me laughing, every day is different in the classroom.” Grandma Addie “Pearl” Uzzell.

“I love how my Foster Grandparent interact with the children in my classroom. The children loves her and we love her just as much. They listen to Grandma Sutton and likes when she reads and plays with them. The children have gained valuable skills having a Foster Grandparent in the classroom.” Diedra Super, Head Start Teacher.