Foster Grandparent

Overview

The purpose of the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is to provide the highest quality services to children with special and/or exceptional needs by means of volunteer service of older adults (55 and above). These individuals contribute from 1540 hours per week at contracted public/private non-profit volunteer sites. Assistance is provided with academics, school readiness, and mentoring, improved physical, mental, emotional and social development. Benefits to eligible volunteers include a small stipend ($2.65 per hour), an annual physical exam, meals, travel reimbursement, liability insurance and annual recognition for their service to children.

Expectations

  • To continue to strive to enhance the educational capabilities of current volunteers by providing more meaningful and age appropriate in service trainings for them.
  • Continue to foster a better understanding, interaction and cooperation between FGP and other CCA programs.
  • Enable lowincome persons 55 and above to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance their selfesteem through continued participation in needed community services.

Triumphs

  • Eighty-one FGP volunteers served 67,910 hours and were successful in assisting approximately 335 children to meet their respective personal goals through one-on-one intervention.
  • Services were provided at local Head Start centers, public and charter schools, developmental center and daycare/after school programs.
  • Knowledge of the FGP has been tremendously enhanced; this is evident by the number of inquiries/applicants received during this program year – over 50 inquiries. (as a result the state office awarded an additional five (5) volunteer service years (VSYs) totaling 5,220 hours for the 2010-11 program year)
  • The FGP volunteer of the Year was nominated and selected as a Carteret County recipient for the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Stressors

  • Obtain local financial support from the counties served to allow CCA to expand services benefiting both seniors and children.
  • To continue to meet the local 10% match of federal funds received, and to identify and secure in kind contributions for the volunteers so that the requirement of 80% of federal funds received be utilized for support of volunteers (cash and/or inkind) can be met.
  • Continuing to provide high quality inservice training to ensure the volunteers are provided with comprehensive age appropriate educational instruction.
 

Aspirations

  • To provide a semi-annual report to county governmental officials to better inform them of the services provided in their respective counties.
  • Continue to develop and/or create ways in which each county can contribute to the required 10% match of federal funds awarded for the program.
  • Continue to seek opportunities to be more visible in the counties in which we serve.
  • To develop at least one non-federal VSY!!
Foster Grandparent Director
Director:
Diane Williams
303 McQueen Blvd
P.O. Box 729
Newport, NC 28570
(252) 223-1650
Counties Served: Carteret, Craven, Jones & Pamlico


 

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