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Have you wanted to make a difference in the life of a child? Are you looking for a way to volunteer while supplementing your social security income? Check out the Foster Grandparent Program!

The Foster Grandparent Program provides loving and experienced mentors and tutors to children with special needs. Working one-on-one and serving between 15 and 40 hours a week, Foster Grandparents are individuals over the age of 55 who provide support in schools, community organizations, treatment programs, correctional facilities, and childcare centers. They review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach social skills, and are a friend, mentor, and role model in a variety of settings.

The Albany Parks and Recreation Department was recently awarded a grant to provide Foster Grandparent services in Linn and Benton Counties. Foster Grandparents, who meet low-income eligibility guidelines, receive a small tax-free stipend, training, volunteer orientation, transportation reimbursement, supplemental insurance, and meals while on duty.

This grant not only helps the children of our community, but the older adults as well. It will lead to new discoveries and new friends. Studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 541-917-7760.