Foster Grandparent of the Year
The Foster Grandparent Program provides volunteer opportunities for people aged 55 and older from all economic, educational, and social backgrounds to serve children and teenagers who have special needs as well as their families.
Foster Grandparents help young people increase their self-confidence and achieve personal independence so that they can learn to overcome their problems and become productive members of society.
Foster Grandparents volunteer an average of 1,040 hours every year (15 to 40 hours weekly) through local community non-profit agencies in both community-based and in-home settings. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines receive a small, non-taxable stipend, which enables those living on limited incomes to served at no cost to themselves. Assistance with the cost of transportation, a daily meal, an annual physical exam, and on-duty accident and liability insurance are also provided to all volunteers.
Volunteers serve through programs sponsored and managed by local agencies in eight Tennessee counties – Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Jefferson, Sullivan, and Washington.
To learn how you can become a foster grandparent or to learn more about the program, please call 423-639-8462.