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"Are you interested in joining active grandparents, who are between the ages of 55 and 89 years old?" Then the The Foster Grandparent Program is the place for you! You can volunteer at a local elementary school, preschools, to serve as mentor or tutor under the supervision of a teacher. If you meet income and criminal history eligibility requirements, you will receive a modest, tax-free stipend to offset the cost of volunteering. Foster Grandparents serve 15-40 hours a week serving children with one-on-one, direct service. Other benefits include reimbursement for transportation, some meals during service, an annual physical, and accident and liability insurance while on duty. Pre-Service and monthly training sessions provided.

Foster Grandparents offer emotional support to children who have been abused and neglected, mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers, and care for premature infants and children with physical disabilities and severe illness and tutor children who are need of extra help to reach their goals. Their personal attention helps these young people grow, gain confidence, and become full and productive members of society. In the process, Foster Grandparents strengthen communities by providing youth services that community budgets cannot afford and by building bridges across generations. They often serve in community organizations such as schools, Head Start, preschools, and other youth organizations. Please contact us to find out how you can help a child as a Foster Grandparent!

Terms: The volunteer must be at least 55 years of age, must meet income and criminal history eligibility requirement

Benefits: Accident / Liability, Medical Exams, Transportation Costs, Stipend, Training

Other Information Requested of Volunteers: They are comfortable around children, provide a positive learning environment as a classroom grandparent and understands all children work at their own pace.

2 More opportunities with COASTLINE ELDERLY SVCS FGP



1646 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740, US

Mission Statement

Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. provides programs, services, information, and resources to older adults and individuals with disabilities to help them remain at home and independent. We believe everyone has the right to resources that allow them to choose how they would like to receive care so they can continue living independently with dignity and respect. The majority of our programs are available to residents of Greater New Bedford and the surrounding towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester. Even if you don’t live in one of these towns, please still call us so we can direct you to the agency that covers your community. We encourage you to call our Information & Referral Department so we can learn more about you and your needs, and direct you to the right resources, either at Coastline or another community organization. Call us today 508-999-6400.


Thank you for your interest in Getting Involved at Coastline! Although we receive money from the state and federal government, it is never enough to cover all of the expenses associated with providing these much-needed programs and services to thousands of community members.

We rely on grants from public and private organizations, as well as donations from generous individuals like you who understand the importance of the work we do and the lives we change

And although we employ over 115 staff members, we rely on dozens of dedicated volunteers who provide more in-depth outreach and assistance to the individuals we help. Please click on each program to learn more about their volunteer opportunities:

  • Foster Grandparent Program
  • Money Management Program
  • Nursing Home Ombudsman Program
  • Nutrition Program
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


1646 Purchase StNew Bedford, MA 02740




  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 55
  • Orientation or Training

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