Pandemic Response

Foster Grandparent Specific Procedures:

  • The Foster Grandparent Program will notify volunteers of site station closures as per the State government mandate.
  • As of March 16, 2020, all visits to schools, homes, and senior facilities are temporarily suspended until the following in-service dates April 15 for Senior Companions, and April 16 for Foster Grandparents due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak.
  • Program directors will monitor government mandates during this time to determine addition action.
  • March in-service meetings are cancelled.
  • Program staff will meet grandparents and senior companions at their site stations on March 18th (Jewish Community Center for SC) and March 20th (LifeCare Alliance for FG) to distribute February payroll, timesheets, additional paperwork, and to collect timesheets and compliance documentation requested between 11a and 12p. If the individual cannot commit to their respective date and time, they will need to make specific arrangements with a program staff member.
  • The One Call Now phone communication system will be used as needed to update grandparents and senior companions of any changes or mandates in the coming weeks.
  • March payroll will be processed and ready for fiscal by April 7 in preparation for upcoming in-service dates.
  • FGP volunteers are expected to perform the following safety measures upon return to their sites:
  • Regular handwashing/sanitizer after each interaction with students/seniors.
  • At the end of each visit/session, disinfect any items shared (pencils, pens, crayons, etc.) and surfaces such as desks, door knobs, and chairs.
  • Carry tissues, hand sanitizer, and any other protective items that may help limit the spread of the virus.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes in your elbow.

Helping Seniors Stay Connected While Helping Kids Do Better In School

Foster Grandparents tutor children in need of support academically, socially, and emotionally. We wish to nurture and instill a sense of pride in every child we tutor and show them that they are loved and with a lot of hard work, they can be the best that they can be.

The Foster Grandparent Program pairs volunteer seniors with at-risk youth in the Columbus community. The goal is to help children do better in school.

Eligibility Requirements to become a Foster Grandparent:

  • No prior experience working with children or teaching necessary, as we provide training
  • No minimum education requirement
  • Must have a willingness to share knowledge and experience with young children
  • Must be at least 55 years old
  • Must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a week on a set schedule 
  • Must meet the income requirements
  • Must pass BCI/FBI background check 
  • Must be given the okay to serve by a Doctor or Registered Nurse on our physical evaluation form

Benefits of becoming a Foster Grandparent:

  • A stipend of $2.65 an hour
  • $3.00 a day for meal 
  • $.35 a mile for travel to and from volunteer activities if they use their own car OR full bus fare reimbursement OR use of our Yellow Cab account
  • Monetary reimbursement is considered a stipend and NOT income
  • Funds received through the program is never taxed and cannot count against any benefits the volunteer is currently receiving or may receive in the future such as (but not limited to):
    • Income-based housing
    • Disability
    • Food Stamps
  • Reimbursement for the annual physical of up to $40
  • 25 hours of pre-service training
  • Monthly in-service training
  • Annual volunteer recognition

Interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent?:

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Erika Maas at 614-857-1225 or [email protected]

FGP Volunteer Application

Preschools and elementary schools interested in learning about how to get Foster Grandparents in their building should contact Program Director Tameko Martin by phone at 614-857-1246 or by email at [email protected].

*This program is available to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion. 

Who We Serve

This program serves Franklin County students in preschool to grade 5 through partnerships with organizations like YMCA and Columbus City Schools. The children receive much-needed tutoring and help with their schoolwork.

Foster Grandparents benefit from the relationship too, because it provides meaningful volunteer opportunities and supplemental income.

Client Testimonials

“I almost get knocked over with children running up to me when I enter the school building and the classroom. They are always excited to see me and I am always excited to see them.”

“It warmed my heart when my students asked if they could call me Grandma.”

“It makes me feel good when I am able to help children accomplish their goals. I never know when I am the only person they have as a support.”

Our Partners

“Helping Seniors Achieve More Independent, Connected Lives”



197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-5891


Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
409 Industry Drive
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 340-7061


1031 Brice Street
Newark, OH 43055
(740) 345-2565


St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
2311 Stockham Lane
Portsmouth, OH 45662
(740) 353-3185


422 Main Street, Ste 400
P.O. Box 3446
Zanesville, OH 43702-3446
(740) 452-5057

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