The following is from United Way of Greater New Bedford. Find more volunteer opportunities using VolunteerSouthCoast.org.

Coastline’s Foster Grandparent Program, which has been in existence for over 35 years, offers volunteers the opportunity to assist children in classrooms throughout the SouthCoast.

Click here to watch a video about the program.

The students and teachers both benefit from the wisdom and experience of the Foster Grandparent volunteer as he or she works one-on-one and in small groups with children, focusing on literacy and academics, communication, and social skills, which are needed to help a child succeed. This program provides a way for volunteers to stay active by serving children in their communities.

The Foster Grandparents volunteer a minimum of 15 hours each week. Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a small tax-free stipend* for their time and commitment while benefiting from the impact they make in a child’s life on a daily basis. The program is intended for those age 55 years and older who meet income and criminal history eligibility requirements.

For information on how you can stay active by assisting children in your community, contact Coastline’s Foster Grandparent program, click HERE.

*This stipend is not counted as income and will not affect most benefits including housing. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service & the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Additional Details:

- 55 and older

- Is Not Family Friendly

- Is Not Outdoors

- Is Wheelchair Accessible

Across Southeastern Massachusetts, non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to build a stronger community and transform neighborhoods.