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The Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program offer seniors on a limited income an opportunity to assist children or other senior citizens.  Participants are screened, trained, placed at a volunteer station and, while serving, receive a small stipend for each hour of service and mileage reimbursement.

Both programs are funded by the Corporation for National Service, Planning & Service Area 2 Agency onAging, and donations.  In-kind provided by county schools and Golden Umbrella.

More information may be obtained by calling (530) 226-3098

 

The Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparents serve 15 hours a week, usually 3 hours a day, 5 days per week.  Foster Grandparents receive a $2.65 stipend for every hour they volunteer.  The stipend is not taxable and is not in any way considered income.  Foster Grandparents also receive mileage reimbursement and a daily meal.  

Bringing Children & Seniors Together

Foster Grandparents spend time with children.  In Northern California you may find Foster Grandparents in elementary and high schools, day-care centers, and Head Start programs giving person-to-person attention to their "grandkids."  Children receive the type of companionship, special help, and individual attention that a grandparent can give.

FGP Guidelines

Eligibility

  • Must be 55 years old or over

  • Have a limited income

  • Have a love of children

Physical

  • A physician's approval and TB test are required.

Transportation

  • There is a mileage allowance or bus fare reimbursement.

Training

  • 40 paid hours training provided.

The Senior Companion Program

Senior Companions visit elderly in their homes, care homes or day programs.  The intent of the program is to assist frail elderly from being prematurely or inappropriately institutionalized.  Most Senior Friends are isolated, lonely and have little or no support systems.  The need for companionship, a friend, someone to talk to does not diminish with age.  Senior Companions receive a stipend of $2.65 for every hour they volunteer and mileage reimbursement.  The stipend is not taxable and is not in any way considered income.

 

Making a Difference

Senior companions talk about the "old days," play cards, watch TV, read a book, help bake cookies, help make a grocery list, accompany a person to their doctor, or meet their friend at a local restaurant and share a meal.  They help their Senior Friend stay connected with the world by talking about current events. 

Senior Companions enhance other support services such as chore workers, counseling, home health, and Adult Day Health Care.  The Senior Companion can also provide respite for a caregiver.

SGP Guidelines

Eligibility

  • Must be 55 years old or over

  • Have a limited income

  • Have a love of people

Physical

  • A physician's approval and TB test are required.

Transportation

  • There is a mileage allowance or bus fare reimbursement.

Training

  • 40 paid hours training provided.

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Last updated: June 18, 2014