Volunteer of Foster Grandparent Program of Westchester Community Opportunity Program

WestCOP Seeks to Expand Foster Grandparent Program in Westchester County, Specific Need in New Rochelle

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The Foster Grandparent Program of Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc. is expanding its outreach efforts and is interested in attracting additional volunteers. There is a specific need for volunteers in the New Rochelle area.

The program provides valuable assistance to children with special and exceptional needs in an academic setting.  The Foster Grandparent volunteers serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to young people throughout the six counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange.  This program is funded primarily by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Additional funding is provided by the New York State Office for Aging and Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

The Foster Grandparent volunteers are low-income senior citizens who must be a minimum of 55 years of age.  They volunteer from 15 to 35 hours weekly and receive a tax-free hourly stipend as well as 30 paid vacation days, 12 paid sick days and 5 paid inclement weather days.  Additionally they are provided mileage reimbursement. Volunteer liability insurance, and an annual Recognition Luncheon honoring their service to the community. Currently WestCOP’S 

Foster Grandparent program has over 200 seniors serving hundreds of children in numerous Head Start centers, elementary schools, and day care centers throughout many different cities and towns. 

Nationally there are nearly 30,000 Foster Grandparents serving in 341 local projects.  These participants provide service to more than 284,000 children with special and exceptional needs.  The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Those interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent volunteer or wishing to have more information asr asked to call 914-592-5600 ext. 114 or email rbahr@westcop.org.

VISIT: http://www.westcop.org/foster-grandparents/