Foster Grandparent Senior Companion Program

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Volunteer Opportunities



The Foster Grandparent Program began in 1965 with 800 volunteers in more than 45 institutions.  Today nearly 30,000 volunteers help more than 280,000 children through CNCS nationwide network of organizations. Currently at SGPRC our volunteers serve over 100 children with special needs daily.  They help to mentor, train, coach and become a friend and companion to the students.  The 1:1 attention that the children receive makes a huge difference academically for them.

The Senior Companion Program began in 1974 and throughout participating organizations in communities across the nation; Senior Companions have provided crucial assistance to older adults. The volunteers at SGPRC serve over 100 Adults with special needs daily.  They help to mentor, train, coach and become a companion to the adults.  The 1:1 attention that the Adults receive makes a huge difference in them retaining much of their independence.

Volunteers receive the following benefits:

  • A Tax Exempt Stipend (does not affect rent, social security or other benefits)
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • Daily Meal Reimbursement
  • Paid Holidays
  • Accident Insurance
  • Annual Leave Time
  • Annual Physical
  • Orientation and monthly Training
  • Socialization Opportunities
  • Field Trips, and Recognition events
  • Increased stamina, good will, and satisfaction of helping others.


  • 55 years or older
  •  Meet minimum income eligibility
  • Serve 15-40 hrs. per week
  • Pass screening of DOJ/FBI Fingerprints
  • Be in good health
  • Be able to serve with the Special Needs population
  • Provide a green card/CA ID
  • Pass Physical Exam
  • Speak English


Sites where Volunteers serve adults and children with special needs

  • Schools
  • Art Galleries
  • Vocational Workshops
  • Adult Day Care Centers
  • Pre-Schools
  • Day Treatment Programs

For more information about this program, please contact Leslie Egge, Program Manager at (909) 706-3620 or at