Marge Clemons, who serves as a Foster Grandparent at Princeton Intermediate School, was part of a panel of Senior Corps members who shared their ideas regarding volunteer recruitment at a recent Minnesota Senior Corps Conference in St. Paul. The panel consisted of two volunteers from each of the three programs that make up Senior Corps: Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP and the Senior Companion Program. All six of the volunteers answered questions about why they volunteer and what volunteering means to each of them.
The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors, age 55 and better, the opportunity to work with students in local schools or other non-profit agencies where there are children who need extra help to succeed. The program offers many benefits to volunteers, including a tax-free hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement for mileage, orientation, on-going training, health benefits and more. The joy of helping children and getting frequent hugs seem to be among the “most mentioned” benefits! For more information regarding Senior Corps or to apply to be a Foster Grandparent contact, Pat Braun at 612-390-0617 or [email protected].