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The Foster Grandparent Program provides low-income adults who are 60 or older a chance for meaningful volunteer experiences and a little extra income.

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Foster Grandparent Program Stories

Ms. Y is a caring and compassionate 85-year-old Foster Grandparent who volunteers at the Walter P. Taylor Boys & Girls Club. She believes that it is important to try every day to make a difference in the life of a child.

Ms. Y Lives close enough to walk to and from her volunteer station each day. Many people stop to offer her a ride to her station, which she refuses, saying that this is her daily exercise. She says that helping the staff and the children has given her a new outlook on life. The children whom she serves often tell Ms. Y that they love her, and for many, she is the only grandmother that they have. Ms. Y is grateful to the staff and volunteers for allowing her to volunteer with the children, and they are thankful to have her there.

Granny L is "an integral part of our team"

Granny L, age 81, has been a Foster Grandparent volunteer since March 1990. Her first assignment was with Western Heights Child Care Center, from 1990 to 1996. In 1997, she was assigned to Fort Sanders Educational Development Center, where she still is at present. At the development center, she has volunteered in many different classrooms, with children who have special needs and are extremely medically fragile. Granny provides love and nurturing to these students every day. One student frequently calls for Granny L to hold him every morning and every afternoon. This child snuggles up in her lap and takes a quiet nap. Granny L helps with feeding the children every day and talks to them while they are eating.

The staff at the development center say, “Having Granny L in our room allows all of our students to spend time with a grandparent—which they might not have in their families—and feel the love she has to share. She always seems to know just what is needed for each child, and she is an integral part of our team.”

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Phone: (865) 524-2786

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650

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