RSVP of Ingham, Eaton, & Clinton Counties

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The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is one of the oldest and most successful intergenerational programs in the country for senior volunteers.  The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and older to stay active by serving children and youth in our communities. Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, tutors, and friends to children with exceptional needs.

 RSVP recruits and places FGP volunteers to serve at organizations throughout Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.  When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others—you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you.  You are helping children learn to read providing one-on-one tutoring, mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers, caring for premature infants or children with disabilities and helping children who have been abused or neglected.

 If you meet income qualifications (200% of the federal poverty level or lower) you receive a tax free monetary stipend monthly as well as transportation while serving.  You will also receive: 

  • Pre-service and on-going training
  • An annual physical examination
  • A tax-exempt stipend including paid leave and holidays
  • Invitation to recognition events
  • Assistance with meal costs while volunteering
  • Foster Grandparents required to serve at least 15 hours per week.
  • Stipend, meal and travel reimbursements are not considered income and do not interfere with Social Security, Medicaid. or Medicare benefits.          

We currently have volunteers in the following locations:

  • Averill New Tech Elementary                                 
  • Baker Head Start
  • Beginnings Child Care
  • Boys & Girls Club                                                   
  • Capital Area Community Service Head Start
  • Cavanaugh Elementary School                             
  • Colt Early Childhood Ed. Center
  • Cornell Elementary                                                 
  • Cradles to Crayons
  • Donley Elementary School                                       
  • Edgewood Early Childhood Ctr                             
  • Educational Child Care Ctr, Inc.
  • Fairview Elementary School                                   
  • Gardner Leadership, Law & Govt Academy
  • Gier Park Elementary School 
  • Grand River Head Start                                
  • Great Start Reading Program
  • Helping Hands Christian Child Care                     
  • Horizon Elementary School
  • Lansing School District Dr. Eva Evans Welcome Center
  • Lewton Elementary School
  • Lyons Elementary School                                         
  • Maple Hill Head Start
  • Miller Road Head Start
  • North Elementary School                                         
  • Pattengill Academy
  • Peoples Church Preschool                                       
  • Pleasant View
  • Reach Art Studio                                                       
  • Reo Elementary School
  • Riddle Elementary School                                       
  • Small Folks Development Ctr, Inc.​               
  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home
  • Wexford Montessori                                                 
  • Weymouth Child Development Ctr
  • Williamston Discovery Elementary                        
  • Wilcox Elementary School
  • Willow Ridge Elementary                                        
  • Woodworth Elementary School

All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. So get involved, and join Foster Grandparents today!