Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparent Program

Program Purpose

The One Hope United Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors age 55 and older the opportunity to serve as mentors, tutors and loving caregivers for youth with special needs. Volunteers serve in a variety of locations throughout the community, including schools, after-school programs, Head Start, child care centers and youth centers. The personal attention offered by the Foster Grandparents helps youth grow, gain confidence and succeed as productive members of society. In return, Foster Grandparents receive the joy of being needed within their communities.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Pre-service orientation and monthly training.
  • An hourly tax-free stipend and transportation reimbursement.
  • Supplemental insurance.
  • Support from volunteer site personnel and other Foster Grandparent volunteers.
  • Recognition in the community.
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick time.

Who is Eligible?

Seniors age 55 and older who meet income guidelines and love to work with children are eligible to become Foster Grandparents.


There is no cost to Foster Grandparent volunteers.

Find a location


4110 N. Water Tower Pl.
Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864


421 S. Grand Ave., W.
Suite 2B
Springfield IL 62704


As an Employer of National Service, One Hope United recognizes the unique skills that of national service alumni. Accordingly, AmeriCorps alumni, returned Peace Corps volunteers, and other national service participants are encouraged to apply to our job openings.

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