RS Foster Grandparents Program
The Reconciliation Services Foster Grandparents Program connects low-income volunteers age 55 and over with opportunities to provide one-on-one mentoring, nurturing and support to children with exceptional needs, or who are at an academic, social or financial disadvantage. They are there to help the kids of our community in a caring and consistent way, but they are also improving their own well being. The sense of purpose and having an active and positive role in shaping the youth of the community is invaluable.
We partner with CNCS and their Senior Corps program, which enables seniors across America to use their time and talents to give back to their communities. The RS Foster Grandparents Program serves Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties. We are in 30 civic institutions, including schools, early childhood centers, hospitals, and Family Court. Whether RS Foster Grandparents are helping with school readiness, emotional support, tutoring, or offering other physical and educational support, they are first and foremost a caring adult role model committed to seeing young people thrive and succeed.
Foster Grandparents are provided with a pre-tax stipend, reimbursement for travel expenses to their volunteer assignments, monthly training, recognition events, and the opportunity to improve their overall health through engaging in active and vibrant community life.
If you are interested in becoming an RS Foster Grandparent or if you want to find out how you can support our seniors as they serve in our community, please contact Olivette Hamilton, Foster Grandparents Program Office Coordinator or Summer Griffith, RS Foster Grandparents Program Director.
Desire to work with at risk youth and kids with exceptional needs
Be 55 years of age or older
Pass a background check and physical exam
Meet federal income guidelines
Not employed in another job
Be able to work between 15-40 hours weekly