The Foster Grandparent programme is a volunteering opportunity for low-income seniors to earn a small stipend while mentoring and tutoring children with special needs.
The most dilapidating part of growing old, other than the most obvious health issues, is losing a sense of purpose. This could stem from a sense of disillusionment, or because society dictates that seniors should sit back and retire at a certain age. Most senior tend to become isolated and introverted as a result.
The Foster Grandparent program by the
Salt Lake County not only gives children a mentor to guide them and give them emotional support, but also gives seniors above 60 a drive and an opportunity to be independent and involved in their community.
Seniors work as volunteers in a variety of settings including schools, shelters, daycare centers, and crisis centres. They are provided an hourly stipend, mileage or travel reimbursement and are also given accident and auto insurance.