Foster Grandparent Program

Senior volunteers helping young people with special needs succeed

The Foster Grandparent Program matches volunteers (adults 55 or older) with young people in our community who have special or exceptional needs and who would benefit from consistent, positive help from another caring adult in their lives.

“The Foster Grandparent Program is important because it shows the children that there is somebody, not related to them, that cares.”

—Miss Jeanie, Volunteer
Foster Grandparent Program

The special rewards of helping young people

Our volunteers find great pleasure in mentoring and connecting with young people, improving lives, supporting our community, and making new friends with the interesting, compassionate, positive people involved in the program.

What's involved in volunteering

Once eligible volunteers complete pre-service training, the program assigns them to a local school, hospital or non-profit agency where they work 15-40 hours/week either one-on-one or in small groups with specially assigned youngsters. Activities may include:

  • One-on-one tutoring to help kids succeed in school
  • Caring for infants or children with special needs
  • Mentoring young mothers
  • Helping teenagers struggling with mental health, substance abuse, school, friends, family, traumas or making healthy choices
  • Providing supportive, reliable, positive companionship for kids with troubled home lives

68 Foster Grandparent volunteers in Peak’s program during 2013–2014 worked with more than 1,005 children in southeastern Wyoming communities, providing over 61,000 hours of service to help young people succeed.

Changing lives

Volunteers in the program make a tremendous difference in the lives of kids in our communities, contributing to children’s well-being, happiness and success, both now and in the future.

86% (763) of the 866 children that participated in Peak’s Foster Grandparent Program in an academic setting during the 2013–2014 school year demonstrated academic improvement.

Additional program benefits for Foster Grandparent volunteers

In return for their service, Foster Grandparent volunteers also receive a variety of benefits:

  • A modest, non-taxable federal stipend (for eligible volunteers with limited income)
  • Training in working with children with special needs (both pre-service and monthly)
  • Supplemental insurance benefits (throughout volunteer service)
  • A meal on each day of service
  • Transportation assistance, if needed
  • Annual community recognition

Sign up for the program

To learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program or become a volunteer, please call 307-634-1265.

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