Helping Seniors Stay Connected While Helping Kids Do Better In School

Foster Grandparents tutor children in need of support academically, socially, and emotionally. We wish to nurture and instill a sense of pride in every child we tutor and show them that they are loved and with a lot of hard work, they can be the best that they can be.

The Foster Grandparent Program pairs volunteer seniors with at-risk youth in the Columbus community. The goal is to help children do better in school.

Eligibility Requirements to become a Foster Grandparent:

  • No prior experience working with children or teaching necessary, as we provide training
  • No minimum education requirement
  • Must have a willingness to share knowledge and experience with young children
  • Must be at least 55 years old
  • Must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a week on a set schedule 
  • Must meet the income requirements
  • Must pass BCI/FBI background check 
  • Must be given the okay to serve by a Doctor or Registered Nurse on our physical evaluation form

Benefits of becoming a Foster Grandparent:

  • Stipend of $2.65 an hour
  • $3.00 a day for meal 
  • $.35 a mile for travel to and from volunteer activities if they use their own car OR full bus fare reimbursement OR use of our Yellow Cab account
  • Monetary reimbursement is considered a stipend and NOT income
  • Funds received through the program is never taxed and cannot count against any benefits the volunteer is currently receiving or may receive in the future such as (but not limited to):
    • Income-based housing
    • Disability
    • Food Stamps
  • Reimbursement for the annual physical of up to $40
  • 25 hours of pre-service training
  • Monthly in-service training
  • Annual volunteer recognition

 

Interested in becoming a Foster Grandparet?:

Contact  Angela Wagner by phone at 614-857-1225 or by email at awagner@colscss.org

Preschools and elementary schools interested in learning about how to get Foster Grandparents in their building should contact program director Tameko Martin by phone at 614-857-1246 or by email at tmartin@colscss.org

Who We Serve

This program serves Franklin County students in preschool to grade 5 through partnerships with organizations like YMCA and Columbus City Schools. The children receive much-needed tutoring and help with their schoolwork.

Foster Grandparents benefit from the relationship too, because it provides meaningful volunteer opportunities and supplemental income.

Client Testimonials

“I almost get knocked over with children running up to me when I enter the school building and the classroom. They are always excited to see me and I am always excited to see them.”

“It warmed my heart when my students asked if they could call me Grandma.”

“It makes me feel good when I am able to help children accomplish their goals. I never know when I am the only person they have as a support.”

How to Access Services

For more information, call (614) 221-5891 or contact us through our website.

Our Partners

“Helping Seniors Achieve More Independent, Connected Lives”

Locations

COLUMBUS

197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-5891

WEST COLUMBUS

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
409 Industry Drive
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 340-7061

NEWARK

1031 Brice Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-2565

PORTSMOUTH

St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
2311 Stockham Lane
Portsmouth, OH 45662
(740) 353-3185

ZANESVILLE

422 Main Street, Ste 400
P.O. Box 3446
Zanesville, OH 43702-3446
(740) 452-5057

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