Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions

Senior Opportunities

Our senior opportunities provide meaningful opportunities for people age 55 and over, interested in meeting critical community needs. Foster Grandparent, focus their efforts in schoo and child development centers, such as Head Start centers. Senior Companions focus their efforts in adult day programs and with individuals in their homes throughout York and Cumberland counties.  Volunteers living at less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Line are eligible to receive a non-taxable stipend as well as mileage reimbursement in return for a 15 – 40 hour a week commitment. 

Staff recruit, train and place in York and Cumberland counties over 150 seniors each year. 

Foster Grandparent Program

Adults age 55 and over interested in volunteering have an opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. Volunteer placements for Foster Grandparents to mentor and tutor children under the supervision of teachers and staff are available in schools, child development centers, Head Start programs and in homes with families with special needs throughout York, Cumberland, and southern Oxford county.

Volunteers meeting federal income guidelines receive a non-taxable stipend in return for volunteering 15-40 hours per week during the academic year and year-round programming. Interested applicants over the income guidelines are encouraged to apply if able to volunteer at least 10 hours per week during the academic year.

All volunteers receive meal and travel assistance, pre-service and ongoing training, supervision, and recognition.

To receive a Foster Grandparent application packet call the program at 207-773-0202 or toll free 1-800-698-4959 or email susan.lavigne@opportunityalliance.org 

Visit the national Foster Grandparent Program website at: www.seniorcorps.gov

Our Foster Grandparent Program is funded in part by Cumberland County.

 

Senior Companion Program

Adults age 55 and over interested in supporting elders maintain their independence have an opportunity to help through the Senior Companion Program.

Senior Companions make independence a reality for frail elders and their families through the provision of companionship to increase socialization, transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other essential errands, and respite for family caregivers.

In return for a volunteer commitment of 15-40 hours a week, Senior Companions meeting federal income guidelines receive a non-taxable stipend. Interested applicants over the income guidelines are encouraged to apply if able to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per week. All volunteers receive meal and travel assistance, pre-service and ongoing training, supervision and recognition.

To receive a Senior Companion application packet call the program at 207-773-0202 or toll free 1-800-698-4959 or email susan.lavigne@opportunityalliance.org

 Visit the national Senior Companion Program website at: www.seniorcorps.gov

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