Foster Grandparents

Become a Senior Corps volunteer through the Foster Grandparents Program and help children love learning.

COVID-19 Information: Americorps Seniors volunteering in the Foster Grandparent Program now have the option to volunteer in the classroom with safety precautions or volunteer online using technology to connect with students. 


Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and tutors to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.

Foster Grandparents help the children they work with by improving each child's behavioral and educational outcome through assistance with social skills, math, writing, and reading, and by providing one-on-one attention for students in a busy classroom. 

All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you're 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent.

The goals of the program include:

  • Enable low-income persons aged 55 and older to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in needed community services.
  • Enable children with exceptional needs or special needs to achieve improved physical, mental, emotional, and social development.
  • Provide a stipend or other benefits that enable individuals to participate as Foster Grandparents without cost to themselves

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Be age 55+
  • Live in Erie County
  • Can serve between 5 to 40 hours a week
  • The family income is within 200% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Complete a background check 

What You Will Do

Due to COVID-19 volunteers have the option to volunteer virtually:

  1. Volunteer in the classroom with safety precautions
  2. Volunteer online using technology to connect with students
  • Make extra money and keep your benefits
  • Help children learn to read and provide one-on-one tutoring
  • Decide which days you will volunteer
  • Provide comfort and love to children

What GECAC Will Do

  • Match you with a school or child care center
  • Provide orientation
  • Provide a modest stipend to help offset the costs of participation.

Becoming a Volunteer

There are three steps that need to be completed to become a volunteer at GECAC Foster Grandparent:

  1. Complete Volunteer Application
  2. Read & Agree To The Insurance WaiverTo ensure the safety of our team, all volunteers must sign an insurance waiver.
  3. Provide a Background Check: Once you have completed the three steps, a representative from the GECAC Foster Grandparent Program will contact you.

Apply to Volunteer

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Lisa Anderson
Program Director
814-459-4581 ext 462