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(Foster Grandparents Program)
FGP is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored locally by
Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance.
Who can volunteer?
The Foster Grandparent Program has four basic criteria to qualify:
Must be 55 years of age or older
Must be low-income ($979.00 a month or less)
Must be willing to serve children with special needs
Must be willing to serve a minimum of 15 hours a week
Where do volunteers work?
Volunteers work with infants and children in a variety of settings:
Day care centers
The Children's Receiving Home
How can I apply?
There is no fee for participating in RSVP. Orientation is provided by RSVP staff, who will then help the senior find volunteer activities in their areas of interest.
Fill out the
Volunteer Interest Form
What kind of work is done?
Volunteers can choose from a variety of activities:
Tutoring and mentoring children
Holding and nurturing babies who are born prematurely with health problems or parentally exposed to drugs/alcohol
Helping children with long term illnesses
Caring for children who have been abused or neglected
Helping children who are at risk from dropping out of school
Helping Children who are at risk of substance abuse.
Are benefits provided?
Yes, the Foster Grandparent Program provides the following benefits:
A non-taxable hourly stipend
An annual physical examination
Friendship with other volunteers
Funding for the Foster Grandparent Program is provided by the First 5 Sacramento Commission, which uses Proposition 10 (tobacco tax) funds to support the healthy development of children ages zero through five.
Additional information about the First 5 Sacramento Commission is online at
or by calling 916-876-5865.