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New Community Partner Posted – Penquis Foster Grandparents Program

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism has added a new partner to our website.  In an effort to serve the entire University of Maine community, the Bodwell Center is promoting the opportunity provided to retirees and seniors through the Foster Grandparent Program.

Maria Staples, Project Coordinator, for the Foster Grandparent Program provides this information:

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 80 Foster Grandparents serving at 63 different sites throughout its fourteen county service area. 

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 Maria Staples at 973-3611 or Cindy Whitney at 973-3684 or 1-800-215-4942.

Check out our Partners page for other opportunity to serve in the local community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to explore the benefits of community service!

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.

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