Foster Grandparents Needed

Author: Catholic Charities Published:

Foster Grandparents needed at Catholic Charities

Mr. (Fred) Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Foster Grandparents are some of the helpers, and they are needed throughout Sedgwick County.

In April, the Wichita school board awarded Grandma Linda McFall a Good Apple for her work at Griffith Elementary School. McFall is one of the helpers. The school says, “She is dependable and reliable and always willing to help out in any way that she can.”

Foster Grandparents like McFall volunteer fifteen to forty hours per week in schools and preschools helping children with social and academic skills necessary for success in school.

But the children also help the Foster Grandparents. Ninety eight percent of the grandparents say that involvement with the Foster Grandparent program is a key reason that retirement is meaningful and rewarding.

Call Catholic Charities at 264-8344, Ext. 1211 for more information. Orientation for new grandparents starts in August.

Catholic Charities is the local sponsor of the program. The federal Corporation for National and Community Service provides ninety percent of the funding matched by local funds from United Way of the Plains and from Catholic Charities, Inc.