The Foster Grandparent Program is part of AmeriCorps Seniors, a nationwide program sponsored by AmeriCorps Seniorsand administered locally through Cascade County Aging Services.
Since 1965, Foster Grandparent Program Volunteers support in developing basic learning skills, sharing life experiences, and providing emotional support and one-on-one attention in areas of reading, writing, and math to prepare the children for independent living. Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends. The program provides a way for senior citizens to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.
Great Falls Public School District is one of our largest worksites we work with in placing volunteers to help provide emotional support, helping develop academic skills, and tutoring children in reading and/or math. We also partner with pre-schools such as Head Start with Opportunities Inc. assisting with school readiness, providing emotional support and helping teach our youth the valuable skill of self-care.
Cascade County’s program has demonstrated consistent excellence by improving Literacy scores 92% and Math scores by 95% each year.
Must be 55 years or older, Cascade County resident
Willing to volunteer minimum of 10 hours per week
Meet income requirements to receive tax-free stipend (200% of poverty)
Pass State and FBI background check
Willing to share knowledge and experience with young children
Have compassion, enthusiasm, and patience to work with children
Benefits of becoming a Foster Grandparent
Receive a tax-free stipend of $4.00 per hour, if income eligible
Mileage reimbursement to and from assigned worksite
Annual volunteer recognition
Supplemental Insurance coverage while serving
Socialization and meet new people
If you are interested or know someone who would benefit from becoming a Foster Grandparent contact: