Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent & Senior Companion Programs

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    Senior Companion

    Taking her client for a dip in the local community pool

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    Foster Grandparent

    Helping children with literacy

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    Senior Companion

    Spending time catching up together

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    Foster Grandparent

    Giving extra support and having fun together


Stories of Service

Foster Grandparents Helping Operation Christmas Child Creating Special Memories with Children and Seniors Sharing Smiles while Serving Seniors and her Community Over 90 Years of Age and Still Giving! How a Foster Grandparent Can Give A Thank You to Her Mother's Senior Companion Grandma Evelyn Stephens Makes an Impact on Students and Staff A Foster Grandparent As Sweet As Can Be A Giving Soul FGP Volunteer of 8 years becomes an important part of the classroom she is in Making Memories "I found my niche" 17 years of sweet service! Senior Companion Friendship Foster Grandparents are so much more than volunteers in a school system, they are love.

Our Mission

The MAFG/SCP will provide statewide educational and networking opportunities to assist members in achieving common program goals of support, enrichment, and advocacy, for limited-income senior volunteers of the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs on local, state, and national levels.

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Foster Grandparent

Foster Grandparent volunteers are 55 or better, who serve as role models, mentors, and friends to children in need. They serve at thousands of local organizations throughout the State of Michigan, including faith-based groups, Head Start Centers, schools, and other youth facilities.  Foster Grandparents serve an average of 20 hours per week providing guidance to children at a critical time in their lives.

To qualify volunteers must be income eligible (200% poverty level or less). For their service they earn a tax-free, hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement and other benefits.  Prior to placement, volunteers must complete 40 hours of pre-service orientation/training, a physical and various background checks. Continuous training is provided on a monthly basis.

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Senior Companion

Senior Companion volunteers are 55 or better.  They serve as advocates, supporters and friends to older adults who are frail and isolated, as well as young adults with developmental disabilities. Placements include private homes, mental health centers, convalescent facilities, and other community sites.  Senior Companions are the connection to the community for their clients.

To qualify volunteers must be income eligible (200% poverty level or less). For their service they earn a tax-free, hourly stipend, transportation reimbursement and other benefits.  Prior to placement, volunteers must complete 40 hours of pre-service orientation/training, a physical and various background checks.  Continuous training is provided on a monthly basis.

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