The Foster Grandparent Program of Lutheran Social Services of MN is partnering with Semcac Head Start to enroll retiree volunteers to serve in their LaCrescent, Caledonia and Preston Head Start classrooms. The Foster grandparent Program, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary is part of the National Senior Service Corps and is administered locally by Lutheran Social Services.
Foster Grandparent volunteers play an important role in the classroom by providing a nurturing environment. Their wisdom and life-long knowledge offers a background of experience which helps to develop social skills and encouragement that prepare preschoolers to enter kindergarten with confidence.
Volunteers must be at least 55 years old, complete criminal background checks, and are required to serve at least a minimum of 15 hours per week. In return they receive a modest tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, training and recognition not to mention one of the most personally rewarding experiences!
If you are interested in volunteering in one of these locations and have time to give to make a difference in the lives of children, please contact Sandy Olson at 507-474-4535 or email to Sandy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs of Lutheran Social Services receive funding from the Corporation for National Service, Minnesota Board on Aging through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and other partnering community agencies.