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.
Share your time, talents and wisdom with children in need by assisting in area schools and child care centers. Earn a little extra income, meet new people and make a difference in a child's life!
Serving the Greater Rochester, New York area, our Foster Grandparents help area children in schools, child care centers and other children's service agencies. Following a personal interview and a thorough orientation and training program, volunteers are assigned to a worksite and matched with children in need. Our Foster Grandparents volunteer 15 to 40 hours a week and assist with a variety of tasks to build self-esteem and help children be successful. After carefully reveiwing your skills, assessing what tasks you'd like to do and what age children you'd like to assist, a site is identified and children are assigned. Foster Grandparents are placed in 1 or 2 classrooms and assist from 1-5 children depending on needs. As a Foster Grandparent you attend monthly training meetings with our entire volunteer group giving you the opportunity to meet other volunteers and share your stories and ideas. In addition to the regular assignments, our special focus areas include Literacy Tutoring in the inner-city, English as a Second Language for Spanish speaking children and a new Kinship Care program assisting children being raised by their grandparent(s). Transportation assistance, recognition events, semi-annual day trips and case management referral is provided for all volunteers in addition to the other benefits listed. Our program offers volunteer opportunities to both English and Spanish speakers. Si habla Espanol.