Foster Grandparent Volunteers

Foster Grandparents are low income seniors who share their time and experience in local elementary schools working in small groups or one-on-one to help children read on grade level. Our goal is to add 15 more Foster Grandparents before the school year begins. Both male and female volunteers are needed.  No formal experience in tutoring or mentoring is required – just a genuine love for children!


About the program. Senior Resources, the aging agency for Richland County, has been sponsoring the Foster Grandparent Program since 1984. This Senior Corps program is funded through a grant by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and serves both Richland and Lexington Counties. 

Impact. Our programs have a huge impact upon our community. Last year 83 Foster Grandparents gave 66,000 hours of service by tutoring more than 800 children in 28 schools, primarily in Richland One elementary schools.  This year we are on track to serve 72,000 hours. Eligibility. Volunteers must:

  • Be age 55 or older and live in Richland or Lexington County

•      Have an income no greater than 200% above poverty level ($24,980 for 1    person, $33,820 for 2 persons, etc.)

•      Undergo & pass Sex Offender, SLED and FBI fingerprint checks

•      Be willing to volunteer at least 20 hours/week

•      Attend 20 hours of orientation and attend monthly in-service training

•      Be physically able to work with children

Benefits.  They include: Making a difference in the lives of children; Tax free stipend of $2.65/hour; mileage reimbursement ($0.25/mile or bus fare); 10 paid holidays; paid leave; access to senior assistance programs; and recognition events.

Schools currently in need of Foster Grandparents (subject to change) include: Annie Burnside Elementary, Bradley Elementary, Burton-Pack Elementary, Caughman Road Elementary, Horrell Hill Elementary, Hyatt Park Elementary, and Sandel Elementary.


For further information, please contact Beverly Breuer at 252-7734, extension 246 or Larrisa McDowell at extension 255. Thank you.


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