City's Foster Grandparent Program Celebrates 44 Years of Service in Louisville

May 31, 2017

The work of more than 130 foster grandparents who help mentor children will be honored at a special luncheon on Wednesday, May 31.  The “Spring Into Celebration” event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St.

Participants in the Louisville Metro Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) are individuals 55 years or older who tutor and assist children with special or exceptional learning needs in essential skills such as reading, writing and math, while offering the basic guidance of a mentor, advocate and friend. Currently, more than 130 Foster "Grannies" and "Grandpas" share their compassion and caring at over 28 sites including Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Boys & Girls Clubs and several community centers and after school programs.

Now in its 51th year nationwide, the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) was initiated in 1965 under the Economic Opportunity Act and is federally sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  Locally, FGP has been operating in our community for 44 years and is part of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services.  By the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, our FGP volunteers are projected to have served 400 children and youth and will log over 135,000 hours of services.

At this year’s celebration, foster grandparents and their guests will be joined by volunteer station representatives, Senior Corps Advisory Council members, Resilience and Community Services staff and other guests. One special highlight will be an appearance by “Archie Bailey and the Moonglows” who originated in Louisville by two of the founding members and have been performing R&B/ Doo Wop  music since the 1950s.

“Our Foster Grannies and Grandpas are wonderful individuals who not only contribute to children’s learning but also bring warmth and caring to the classroom”, stated Gena Redmon, director of Resilience and Community Services.  “The FGP volunteers make a positive difference and lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of Louisville youth each year.”

Volunteers provide a minimum of 15 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours of service per week and may qualify for a tax-free, hourly stipend as well as free supplemental accident and liability insurance while serving.  For more information on how you can become a Louisville Metro Foster Grandparent, please call (502) 574-1529 or visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/fo....

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