You can make a difference in local schools by serving as a Foster Grandparent!
Foster Grandparents are Missoula Aging Services volunteers who are placed with local schools and assist teachers by providing extra support to students. As a Foster Grandparent, you are a role model, a tutor and a friend. You help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring and guide children at a critical time in their lives.
- Locations Missoula County Schools from Lolo to Frenchtown to Condon are in need of volunteers.
- Ages: Volunteers are requested for students ranging in age from Pre-Kindergarten to High School.
Who is eligible to be a Foster Grandparent?
Foster Grandparents are part of the national Americorps Seniors program, which requires that participants be age 55 or older and be income eligible. Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a small tax-free hourly stipend as reimbursement. Click the button below to see the Foster Grandparent job description.
Other volunteer opportunities with local schools may be available. Check the Volunteer Opportunities page for current openings.
How to become a Foster Grandparent
1. Let us know you’re interested:
Click here to contact the Volunteer Services team by email or phone at (406) 728-7682. We will confirm whether you’re eligible, or if there’s another volunteer position that would be a better fit.
2. Submit a Volunteer Application:
Submit an application online by clicking the button below, or pick up a printed application at the Missoula Aging Services office.
The application includes a required background check.
3. Orientation and placement:
If your application is accepted, we will follow up with you to schedule your orientation and training as a Foster Grandparent, and will work with you to find the volunteer position that is the best fit for you.
More information about the Foster Grandparent program
Resources for Foster Grandparents
Click the button below to download the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Volunteer Handbook.
Resources for teachers
If you are a teacher working with a Foster Grandparent, please use these additional resources:
About Americorps Seniors
AmeriCorps Seniors is a part of AmeriCorps, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program, and RSVP are all AmeriCorps Seniors programs.
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion. It is also unlawful to retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination. In addition to filing a complaint with local and state agencies that are responsible for resolving discrimination complaints, you may bring a complaint to the attention of AmeriCorps.
If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more information, contact:
Missoula Aging Services or
Office of Civil Rights and Inclusiveness
1201 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20525
(800) 833-3722 (TTY and reasonable accommodation line)
(202) 565-3465 (FAX); firstname.lastname@example.org (email)