Webmaster Walter notes, “While this is not a project officially adopted by the MSG Community Service Committee, we are posting it as an idea for individual community Granges to consider promoting among their members. There’s a lot to gain by interaction between generations and everybody wins! As a substitute elementary school teacher I can attest to the value of this program… I love having a grammie or grampie in my room as much as the kids do!”
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), which began in 1965, provides tutors and mentors to children and youth who are disadvantaged or have disabilities. Working one-on-one or in groups and serving between 15 and 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents provide support in schools, Head Start centers, child care centers and other public and non-profit locations. Foster Grandparents volunteer with children who are a few months old up to age twenty-one. Serving at one of thousands of local organizations, Foster Grandparents help children learn to read, review school work, reinforce values, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Foster Grandparents share their love, time and experience. They are a role model, a mentor and a friend. Put simply, they give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.
Volunteers must be 55 years of age or older and meet income guidelines. Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement to and from the volunteer site, pre-service orientation, training and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty. The Penquis Foster Grandparent Program has approximately 100 Foster Grandparents serving at 63 different sites throughout its fourteen county service area. The only counties in Maine not covered by the Penquis Foster Grandparent Program are Cumberland and York.
Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. This inter-generational program utilizes our only increasing natural resource—seniors—who are assisting our future resource–our children. For more information on the Penquis Foster Grandparent Program or to receive an application please call Angela Hobson at 973-3684 or 1-800-215-4942. Ext. 3684. You may also e-mail her at ahobsonpenquisorg (ahobsonpenquisorg) .
Funding for the Penquis Foster Grandparent Program is provided through the Corporation for National Service, the State of Maine Bureau of Elder and Adult Services, United Way, donations, fundraising efforts, and Penquis.