Foster Grandparents Program

Foster Grandparents are volunteers who serve as mentors for childrenFoster Grandparents are volunteers with limited (qualifying) income, age 55 or older, who provide supportive services to children with special physical, mental or emotional needs.

The Foster Grandparent participates in person-to-person relationship-building activities with their assigned child at a local organization such as a faith-based group, Head Start Center, school or other youth facility. Qualified volunteers earn a small hourly stipend.

Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours a week with various participating groups throughout the Central Naugatuck Valley. They provide individualized attention, unhurried help, consistent support and the opportunity for intergenerational connection.

Activities of a Foster Grandparent could include:

  • Tutoring
  • Reading
  • Playing games
  • Acting as a role model
  • Listening and talking
  • Participating in crafts
  • Comforting a child
  • Assisting a child with meals or snack
  • Going on class field trips

New Opportunities Inc. prepares all of their Foster Grandparent program volunteers with a pre-service orientation, training from the organization where they will serve, supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.

Those who volunteer as Foster Grandparents receive:

  • A small tax-free hourly stipend
  • Reimbursement for travel costs
  • A meal or snack at their volunteer site
  • Paid time off
  • An annual physical
  • The opportunity to socialize with other Foster Grandparents
  • The joy of making a difference in a child’s life

The Foster Grandparent program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For more information call Elder Services at (203) 575-4245 or email Elder [at] NewOppInc [dot] org.

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