VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Foster Grandparent Volunteers

The Foster Grandparent Volunteer volunteers in educational and community settings such as child care centers, pre-elementary school programs at BCIU, elementary schools and community organizations providing after-school programs. They provide help with fine and gross motor skills, language development, reading, communications, leadership skills, homework and much more. Volunteer Foster Grandparents volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours per week to a maximum of 40 hours per week. There is an income eligibility requirement Foster Grandparent volunteers receive a tax free stipend for their volunteer hours. Please contact our agency to talk with the Foster grandparent Program coordinator. (See more information under Programs and Services).

 

Ombudsman Volunteers

Volunteer Ombudsman work to improve the Quality of Life for people who reside in personal care homes, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and in the community as well as those who attend adult daily living centers. The program is resident-driven. Volunteer Ombudsman visit a facility or facilities on a regular basis to monitor quality of care and services. They advocate for residents who can’t, empower those who can, and investigate concerns about resident care and quality of life issues. The Pennsylvania Ombudsman Program is federally mandated and legally–based. Ombudsmen receive orientation through the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and training by the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The AAA staff will guide and support each volunteer through their learning experience. There are regular volunteer meetings and opportunities for educational enrichment. (Please refer to the Programs and Services section for more information).