Grandparents are needed for volunteer program

Grandparents are needed for volunteer program

The East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging is calling on all grandparents to help students feel loved.

They need volunteers for their Foster Grandparent Program.

Coordinator of the program Whitney Adams said it is a very fulfilling opportunity for those who wish to participate.

"They go into the public schools and they volunteer to work with children in the classroom setting and then there is also some one-on-one," Adams said.

Adams said the program is beneficial to everyone involved.

"It gives the seniors something to get up and go out and do," she said. "It gives them a sense of worth. It gives them something they can go out and accomplish every day. The kids, they get somebody that genuinely cares on what they're doing. They have more knowledge so that maybe they can possibly help out a child, listen to a child. Maybe pick up on something that nobody else has picked up on."

Adams said it's even a big help to the teacher of the classroom the volunteers work in.

"They can help these children learn and grow and be a better part of this community," Adams said. "It also helps the teachers because it kind of lessens the load so they can focus on the group as a whole instead of on that one child."

She said that the program is also a commitment though.

"We try really hard to work with everybody," Adams said. "It will be 20 hours a week and we want it to stay consistent because these children need that dependability."

You must be over the age of 55 and have a clean background and a love for children.

If you're interested in volunteering, you can contact Adams at (800) 680-6950 or (870) 930-2240.

You can also email her at wadams@eaaaa.org.

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