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The Foster Grandparent Program was established in 1965 to provide the seniors who volunteer for thi sprogram an opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. This program also gives the senior volunteer a presence in the community, an opportunity to be around other senior like themselves, free annual physicals and the ability to supplement their monthly income.
These volunteers provide a positive adult image for children with special needs by tutoring and mentoring children in Chicago Public Schools, day care centers, and rehabilitation centers.
To become a Foster Grandparent, you must:
To apply to join the Foster Grandparent Program or for more information, contact the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services at 312.746.8572
The Senior Community Service Employment Program, sponsored by the Illinois Department on Aging, is a training program designed to assist the mature worker (at least 55 years old) in re-entering the job market. It operates under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the Title V of the Older Americans Act.
The training program places eligible individuals, usually for 20 hours a week at minimum wages, in nonprofit agencies or community service agencies community assignments. Mature workers will also be assisted in skill enhancement opportunities and assistance in the transition to unsubsidized employment.
There are two types of community service assignments available:
Program Trainee I
Program Trainee II
To become a Senior Community Service Employment Program trainee, you must:
The Senior Community Service Employment Program Trainee Handbook can be obtained by clicking on the Adobe link below.
To apply for the Senior Community Service Employment Program or for more information, contact the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services at 312.746.8571.
The Senior Companion Program (SCP) was established in 1974 to provide the seniors who volunteer for this program the opportunity to make a difference in lives of seniors who are lonely and less fortunate. This program also gives the senior volunteer a presence in the community, an opportunity to be around other seniors like themselves, free annual physicals and the ability to supplement their monthly income.
These volunteers provide companionship to frail, sick or homebound seniors who require assistance to remain self-sufficient with their homes or apartments. Senior volunteers will accomplish this by reading, engaging in conversation, preapring light meals, doing light grocery shopping, accompanying seniors to doctor visits and assisting in writing letters or completing forms.
To become a Senior Companion volunteer, you must:
For information on becoming involved with the Senior Companion Program please call 312.746.8572.