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,
[Text from file received from
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