The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The WICAA Foster Grandparent Program is dedicated to providing individuals age 60 years and older, who meet established income eligibility guidelines the opportunity to serve as volunteers with meaningful assignments at local non-profit organizations working with special or exceptional needs children. By providing this intergenerational program we expose the elderly and the youth of our community to each other in a positive and mutually beneficial manner. This exposure results in a positive impact upon the quality of life of the volunteer, the child, and our community. Foster Grandparents serve an average of 20 hours per week and for this service they receive a small tax-free stipend to cover the cost of serving. They also receive transportation or mileage reimbursement, meals while on duty (as provided by the Volunteer Station), an annual physical examination, and supplemental accident and liability coverage while they are serving.