Foster Grandparents Celebrate 42 Years of Service in Louisville
Metro Foster Grandparent Program encourages others to mentor children
The work of more than 88 foster grandparents who help mentor children will be honored at a special luncheon Dec. 11. The holiday-themed event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Participants in the Louisville Metro Foster Grandparent Program are 55 years or older and 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 88 Foster "Grannies" and "Grandpas" share their compassion and caring at over 25 sites including Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Boys & Girls Clubs and several community centers and after school programs. Part of Louisville Metro Department of Community Services, and federally sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is now in its 42nd year of service in Louisville.
Foster Grandparents and their guests will be joined by volunteer station representatives, Senior Corps Advisory Council members, Community Services staff and other guests at this year's celebration.
“Our Foster Grannies and Grandpas make a positive difference and lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of youth each year,” said Tracey Collins, program coordinator. “A recent note I received from ‘Meliah’ who was tutored last year at the Catholic Enrichment Center helps to describe the program’s benefits.”
“Please let Granny Graham know that I love her and thank her for helping me with my school work. She always told me to do my best and because of her encouragement, I graduated 5th grade with all A’s,” beamed Meliah.
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 http://louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services/foster-grandparent-program-fgp.