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Foster grandparenting opportunities available

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[September 10, 2008]  The Community Action Foster Grandparent program is accepting applications now for their volunteer program. Eligible seniors can make $200-$400 tax-free each month by spending time with children in their community.

The program is looking for seniors, 60 and over, to become foster grandparents in local schools, day cares and Community Action Head Start centers. The foster grandparents are volunteers who serve 20 to 40 hours each week to assist children with special needs.

Community Action coordinates the program in the following seven counties: Logan, Mason, Menard, Macon, Piatt, Fulton and DeWitt. To be eligible, the senior must earn no more than 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which would be $1,083 monthly for a one-person household. To find out more, individuals should contact the agency.

"In addition to receiving a tax-free stipend, foster grandmas and grandpas receive lunches, holiday/sick/vacation leave, training, recognition and more. It's also a great opportunity for the children they work with," said Paula Gregg, Foster Grandparent director and Community Action employee of over 30 years. "If you have the time, love and desire to help children, I want to hear from you."

Interested seniors and potential sites should contact Gregg at 217-732-2159, ext. 224, or the Foster Grandparent program secretary, Carol Kincaid, at 217-732-2159, ext. 239.

The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois serves families in need throughout its service area. For more information, visit

[Text from file received from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois]

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