Foster Grandparents (an OCEVS program for Philadelphians age 55 and older)

  • Oldest senior volunteer program in Pennsylvania
  • Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours a week in school-based classrooms
  • One-on-one attention that Foster Grandparents provide help students learn necessary behavioral, social and academic skills
  • Volunteers have a love for children, a commitment to building intergenerational relationships and a willingness to be supervised
  • Must pass clearances and background checks and undergo 40 hours of orientation and training
  • Largest partner is the School District of Philadelphia


Become a Foster Grandparent:

  • Complete an application
  • Attend a pre-service orientation
  • Pass all (4) background checks: Child Abuse, Criminal, Sex Offender, & FBI
  • Submit a recent physical examination


Become a host site:

  • Commit to supervising the volunteers
  • Agree to complete quarterly progress reports
  • Complete a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Foster Grandparents Program

Volunteers receive a small stipend and other benefits for their service

Phyliss Royal, Program Director: (215) 685-3799

Linda Lane, Program Coordinator: (215) 685-3798