Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program is a successful nationwide volunteer program that helps active adults use their experience to improve the lives of children in the community.  St. Mary's is proud to have sponsored the Foster Grandparent Program for almost 25 years. You do not need to be a teacher, or even a parent or grandparent; you just need to have a desire to share your time and experience with students who will benefit from one-on-one attention.      

WHO is the ideal Foster Grandparent Volunteer? 

  • Adults ages 55 and older
  • Adults who enjoy working with children
  • Adults who are patient, compassionate, and consistent, and can work well under the supervision of a teacher.
  • Adults on a fixed income or low income who would like to earn additional non-taxable income of $175-$400/month, without affecting other benefits
  • Adults who would like to get out of the house and make a difference by helping children in educational settings

WHY should I want to be a Foster Grandparent Volunteer?

  • Earn additional non-taxable income that won’t affect your other benefits while:
    • Helping a child improve their reading, math, social, and cognitive skills plus much more
    • Teaching and encouraging children to be successful
    • Getting out of the house
    • Meeting new people
    • Socializing and improving your mental and physical health
    • Making a difference for the next generation

“I love the idea that we can help a child, and that we can be a friend to them.  It’s great when the kids we work with get the idea that they can do it!”  
-Jerry Miller, Foster Grandparent Volunteer

WHAT are the benefits of being a Foster Grandparent Volunteer?

  • Earn a non-taxable hourly stipend if you meet income eligibility requirements (currently must earn less than $22,980/year for a single person)
  • Mileage reimbursement of 36¢ per mile to and from your work station (school)
  • Free annual wellness exam
  • Paid time off (vacation and sick days)
  • Free meal at most volunteer work stations
  • Discount at St. Mary’s Life Center gym
  • Monthly educational in-service training (you get paid to attend) and more…..

WHERE and WHEN do I volunteer? 

We’ll work with you to find a schedule that works for you, during regular school hours, at:

  • Non-profit Pre-Schools
  • Head Start Centers
  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle/Junior High Schools
  • High Schools
  • Division of Youth Corrections
  • Job Corp

HOW do I apply?

Contact our office at (970) 298-9091, or stop by to:

  • Complete a Volunteer Application that includes:
    •  background information check      
    •  two personal references
    •  a health history form
    •  income eligibility form
    •  auto insurance verification form
  • Come in for a personal interview with our volunteer coordinator
  • Think about where you would like to be assigned
    • What age group would you like to work with?
    • Do you want a school within walking distance, or do you have your own transportation?
    • In what areas do you want to help, i.e. reading, math, etc.
    • What challenges can you work with and what challenges are too much?

We are always searching for dependable, kind-hearted volunteers, and would welcome the opportunity to sit down and talk with you!