Foster Grandparents


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.

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 15 to 40 hours a week
  • The family income is within 200% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Complete a background check 

What You Will Do

  • 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.

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Ray Maholtz
Program Director
(814) 459-4581 Ext. 441