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Foster Grandparent Program



Foster Grandparent volunteers continue to touch the lives of so many children in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. Foster Grandparents donating over 107,621 hours to our school children in the 2018-2019 school year. Using the 2019 Independent Sector value of a volunteer hour of $25.43,


Foster Grandparents donated $2,736,802.00 in volunteer service!


The Foster Grandparent Program is an intergenerational volunteer program that provides valuable aid to children with special and exceptional needs. The Program has a dual purpose – to enhance the lives of children with special needs through a caring relationship and to provide a high quality experience that enriches the lives of the volunteers and the children they serve.


The Foster Grandparent Program served over 550 disadvantaged children throughout the 2018-2019 school year with 145 senior volunteers mentoring and tutoring in the classrooms. The program operates in 48 elementary schools, the majority are Title 1 and 5 Head Starts throughout Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. 

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According to end of year progress reports completed by the classroom teachers in June 2019
for the children receiving one-on-one tutoring and mentoring from a Foster Grandparent ~

  • 96% of students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade improved their literacy/math ratings 
  • 92% of students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade improved social and emotional development 
  • 100% of children in Pre-K and Head Start improved readiness in at least one domain as rated by the teachers in the classroom. 

The Foster Grandparent Program continues to train new volunteers to be part of our program in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.  These volunteers experience the joy of being a role model, mentor, tutor and friend to a child at a local Head Start Center or Elementary School. 


If you are interested in volunteering as a Foster Grandparent, please "Click Here" for more information or contact Sara Humphries by email or phone (561) 684-5885 ext. 59232.

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Foster Grandparents Volunteers Touch the Lives of Many Disadvantaged Children ~ Leon Fooksman

Please watch a video from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) 

Get Involved! - Foster Grandparent Program   


The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by

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