Learning, teaching and remembering on July 4

On July 4, 1776 The United States celebrated its first Independence Day. Since this day people in the United States have enjoyed freedom on a daily basis. The Fourth of July is celebrated by sharing the day with family and friends watching fireworks, parades, attending carnivals, and barbecuing outside. With all the celebrating year after year some children may not think or even know what it is so deep and precious that we are celebrating.

Foster Grandparents have the chance to teach children about the history of the country. Foster Grandparents lend an extra ear, hand, or hug when needed. Many Foster Grandparents help children with reading, math, and sharing their lifetime of experiences.

The Foster Grandparent Program, sponsored locally by Catholic Charities since 1965, is a nationally recognized intergenerational program, which provides meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunities to people who are 60 years of age and older to give back to their community. The mentor relationships built by Foster Grandparents help children who have exceptional, emotional and/or special needs within the community.

Foster Grandparents volunteer an average of 20 hours per week and receive a small tax-free stipend ($2.65 per hour). Other benefits include: transportation assistance, annual medical review, accident and liability insurance while on assignment, a daily lunch or meal allowance, education and training, paid vacation and sick leave, recognition, social activities and the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference.

For more information on how to join, contact Jean Yager toll free at 1-866-895-7992.

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