Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program

by United Planning Organization


Please help to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel reimbursement for more than 200 low-income DC seniors with caring spirits who provide critical mentoring and tutoring to DC children in a variety of local settings. UPO Foster Grandparents annually give over 175,000 volunteer hours, serving over 8,000 social economically disadvantaged children at 51 volunteer sites including Early Head Start/Head Start centers, Elementary Schools and Children's Hospitals.
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With a mission to Unite People with Opportunities, UPO's Foster Grandparents program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for persons aged 55 and older to engage in daily activities and provide services to children from birth to 21 years of age. Volunteers engage in tutoring, mentoring, social emotional support and assisting students in learning programs in cooperation with school systems. Proven outcomes are improved school readiness and K-12 success.


UPO has a waiting list of 100 seniors to be Foster Grand Parents and 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program. Additionally every current partnering volunteer site has requested additional Foster Grandparents. This year we celebrate the 107th Birthday of our oldest and one of our most dedicated Foster Grandparents! To honor her commitment to volunteerism and children, we're asking for 107 donors to give $107! A contribution at any level will help to cover the cost of tra

Long-Term Impact

The UPO Foster Grandparent Program utilizes the wealth of experience and knowledge of persons aged 55 and older in facilitating educational achievement among DC's youngest socioeconomically disadvantaged residents. This program seeks to improve the long-term health and well-being of senior volunteers and circulates seventy cents of every program dollar into the local low-income communities that our volunteers and students reside.


Learn more about the Foster Grandparent Program

Organization Information

United Planning Organization

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mervyn Myers
Washington, DC United States

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