Volunteering Information

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, tutors, 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. It is administered and sponsored locally by New Hanover County at the 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

To apply for the program, complete the Foster Grandparent Application.  Following the completion of your application, return it to the Foster Grandparent Office located at the Senior Resource Center and the Program Coordinator will contact you to set up an in-person interview. 

Orientation:  Foster Grandparents are given an in person interview by the FGP office as well as the volunteer location.  Placement will be based on the current needs of the volunteer and the program. Volunteers receive a pre-service physical, background screening, and 20 hours of orientation and training. During orientation, Foster Grandparents learn about the purpose, benefits and regulations of the program, and volunteer sites/children to be served. Additional orientation and training will be provided at the volunteer site as required by the individual location.

For more information about the program, call Vicki Wells, Program Coordinator, at 798-6408 or email vwellsteachey@nhcgov.com.

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