Foster Grandparent Program provides intergenerational opportunities for seniors age 55 and above to “at risk” children in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, Head Start and Early Head Start Centers, and child development centers. The heart of the program is the one-on-one daily attention the Foster Grandparents provide. In improving the lives of the children they serve, Foster Grandparents also profoundly enrich their own lives.
Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc. The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service/Senior Corps, and the Illinois Department on Aging.
If you are at least 55 years of age, meet certain income eligibility requirements, love children, and are willing to volunteer 20 to 40 hours a week, you can apply to become a Foster Grandparent.
What benefits do Foster Grandparents earn
- Tax-free bi-weekly stipend to cover the cost of serving.
- Transportation to and from home
- Reimbursement for transportation if they drive
- A daily meal
- Supplemental accident and liability coverage while they are serving
- Paid holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)
Foster Grandparents receive 40 hours of pre-service orientation and additional monthly training
And we end each year with a Recognition Banquet to celebrate our Grandparents year of invaluable service
Foster Grandparents volunteer in following centers:
- Crisis Childcare Center
- Crittenton Child Care Center
- Harrison Head Start
- Hines School
- Manual Head Start
- Neighborhood House
- Salvation Army Child Care
- SouthSide Catholic Child Care Center
- SouthSide Mission
- Thomas Jefferson School
- Trewyn Head Start
- Trewyn School
- UnityPoint Methodist Child Care Center
- UnityPoint Methodist Proctor Child Care Center
- Valeska HInton Early Childhood Center
- Webster Head Start
- Westminister Infant Child Care
- Woodruff Career And Technical Center Head Start