Volunteer Services



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Just added! Check out this video of one of our Grandparents, Joan George, in action!


Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps, a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and administered and sponsored locally by the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center.


Foster grandparents serve between 15-20 hours per week and receive the following benefits:

Tax free hourly stipend (available to those who qualify)

Transportation reimbursement

Supplemental, accident and liability insurance while you’re volunteering

On-going training


Orientation:  Foster Grandparents receive 40 hours of orientation and pre-service training. This includes 20 hours of classroom training, provided by the staff of the Foster Grandparent program, and 20 hours in which participants shadow experienced Foster Grandparents.

During orientation, Foster Grandparents learn about the purpose, benefits and regulations of the program, volunteer sites and children to be served.

For more information regarding the Foster Grandparent Program, contact the Program Coordinator, Kelly Gill, at 910-798-6408 or email kgill@nhcgov.com.  You may also download the application and send to:

New Hanover County Senior Resource Center

Foster Grandparent Program

2222 S College Rd

Wilmington, NC 28403

FGP application


rsvp-logoThe Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national service program of the Corporation of National and Community Service. RSVP’s purpose is to connect today’s persons who are 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations.

RSVP works to match the varied interests and skills of volunteers with community needs by offering a diversity of volunteer service opportunities through a wide range of placements in New Hanover County.



After Open Enrollment (December 7th) the SHIIP offices will continue as appointment onlyWe will return to the original schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-1:00, with only one counselor per day, but they will be by appointment. Valerie Smith will be taking those appointments and handling the SHIIP calendar.  798-6406.


Contact RSVP Program Manager Maya Davis at 798-6407. Her email address is maydavis@nhcgov.com


Some RSVP Programs:

  • SHIIP: Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (Medicare). Contact Valerie Smith at 798-6406, or vsmith@nhcgov.com
  • RSVP Special Needs Registry. Contact Jeanette Bell, 798-6416, or jbell@nhcgov.com
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Contact Valerie Smith at 798-6406, or vsmith@nhcgov.com

For more information about these programs visit our Assistance page.

For the Special Needs Registry form, click the link below



The Senior Corps Pledge

I will get things done for America-

to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.

When faced with a pressing challenge,

I will bring Americans of all generations together

to strengthen our communities.

When faced with children at risk,

I will help them stay in school and on track for a brighter future.

When faced with older adults in need, I will provide support

and compassion so they may age with grace and dignity.

Working for the greatest good, I will use my lifetime of experiences

to improve my country, my community, and myself through service.

I am a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer,

And I will get things done!


Visit our Nutrition page for more information about Home Delivered Meals.

2222 South College Road • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6400 • Fax 910-798-6411