SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services is seeking at least 20 new volunteers for its Foster Grandparents program. Foster grandparents are adults over 55 who spend 20 hours per week volunteering in elementary and preschool classrooms.
“Foster grandparents is a wonderful program because it connects volunteers with kids who really need the love and support that older grownups can provide,” Joey McNamee, community engagement manager at Aging & Adult Services, said in a statement.
Volunteers in the program provide support, tutoring and mentorship to low-income children in early childhood, when young children are hitting critical developmental milestones. Foster grandparents spend time reading with children, working on skills development and creating a supportive classroom environment that provides children the added assistance they need to be academically successful in future years.
Participants must be at least 55 years old, live in Salt Lake County, commit to 20 hours per week and pass a background check. Once they’re cleared to volunteer, foster grandparents can receive a stipend for their service, which does not impact other government assistance they may be receiving, such as food stamps or housing assistance.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Aging & Adult Services by calling 385-468-3260 or visiting www.slco.org/aging.