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You must be 55 years or older.
You may volunteer at schools and day cares throughout Madison, Macoupin, Marion, and Clinton Counties.
You must work between 15-40 hours per week.
Your stipend is not required to be reported on your income taxes.
No, all other benefits are not affected by this program.
Volunteers can not exceed 200% poverty level.
SSP may be able to reduce your income by offsetting ongoing medical expenses.
There are no degree requirements for volunteering; all that is required is a commitment to helping children in need. However, all volunteers must pass an FBI fingerprint check, IL State Police check, and a National Sex Offenders Registry check.
The background checks cost the volunteers nothing. They are paid for by the Foster Grandparent Program.
We provide each volunteer with Supplemental Liability Insurance. In case of an accident or injury the insurance would cover any expenses not paid for by your primary insurance.
Volunteers are assigned to a school or daycare, which is where they go each day. Volunteers are not allowed to be in contact with the children outside of the school day.
You will interact with children in a classroom setting, encourage good study habits, read to children, and act as a role model and mentor.
You may be eligible to receive transportation through a local senior center or transportation company. You can also carpool with other FGP volunteers.
We currently reimburse mileage at .40 per mile up to 50 miles per week.
We ask if you have a preference of schools and if they have an opening and it would be a good fit we try to place you at the school you requested.
Once you are accepted into the program you will go through an Orientation Training. You will also attend paid In-Service trainings each month. The teacher or staff member at your school with guide you on your day-to-day activities.
Contact our office at 618-463-0067 during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday 8:00-4:00pm.