The National Corporation and community services are recognizing all of its volunteers that’s a part of Senior Corps, and today they are recognizing their Foster Grandparents Programs.
The Lauderdale County chapter was recognized at the Meridian City Council this morning.
“Those who may have parents who are incarcerated or who have lost a loved one who’s taken care of them; our volunteers basically help to build up their self-esteem, mentor to them, as well as help to prepare them in the educational arena to become productive citizens.” -Sabrina Wilson, Coord., FGP, Lauderdale County
This program is designed for children with particular needs in the community to have a foster grandparent step in and volunteer along with building relationships.
“I think it’s a great program for this area because the children need to know that they are cared for, they are loved, and that we’re striving to help them learn even more.” -Florine Gavin, Foster Grandparent Volunteer
“As the children mature and go on, they still recognize the volunteers in the community as “granny” and “pawpaw.” So, there is a relationship that develops in the volunteering, but at the same time you notice there is a growth as well.” -Wilson
According to Wilson, the foster grandparents program has been around since 1972. One of the places in which foster grandparents volunteer is the yet learning center.
“I guess because my hearts goes out to a lot of kids because I know a lot of kids, and I just love children. When you come in and they all run at you, they know they’re loved.” -Deborah Ferrill, Foster Grandparent Volunteer