If you are 55 or older and are ready to make a difference in the lives of children, you are invited to participate in the AmeriCorps Seniors’ Foster Grandparent Program sponsored by SHORE UP!, Inc. Established in August 1965, the Foster Grandparent Program offers an opportunity for eligible individuals to serve as mentors for children with special or exceptional needs. Our Foster Grandparents are placed in Head Start centers and public schools, and typically work no more than 20 hours per week.


“AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are role model mentors,” says Joyce Farrare, program director. “They enrich the lives of students by providing one-on-one support to help improve students’ academic, social and emotional development.”


In return for their time and services, Foster Grandparents receive a small tax-exempt stipend and monthly training. Foster grandparents are also recognized during an awards program held annually.


Fifty-seven Foster Grandparents currently serve in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. For more information on how to apply for the program, contact Joyce Farrare at jfarrare@shoreup.org, or call 410-749-1142 ext. 1050.


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