Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) connects seniors age 55 and older with at-risk children or children that have special needs. Volunteers remain active in the community by working within the schools and mentoring children.
Income-eligible seniors receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, mileage reimbursement, secondary insurance coverage while volunteering, 40 hours of pre-service orientation and 4 hours of in-service training monthly, an annual physical, vacation and sick leave and recognition for volunteerism with youth.
In addition to the financial and emotional rewards that Foster Grandparents receive research has established that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression.
This is a great program for low-income seniors that want to make a difference and would like to remain physically and mentally active in their communities. The stipend earned is tax-free and will not change any benefits that seniors currently receive.
The FGP is sponsored by the Butler County Department on Aging and funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service.