While the children benefit from the extra attention they receive from the volunteers, the teachers appreciate the extra help in the classroom, including the positive influence of an older role model.   School administrators report that these volunteers influence children in many critical areas not reflected on test scores, such as the ability to build trust in a child, bring a child out of his or her shell, instilling confidence in a child, and teaching a child how to show patience, respect and consideration for others. 

In appreciation of the time Foster Grandparents donate to the program, they are provided with the following benefits:

  1. A tax free stipend of $2.65 per hour
  2. A daily lunch
  3. Mileage reimbursement
  4. Accident and liability insurance
  5. Paid leave time